Daniel Defoe: His Life

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Taylor & Francis, Aug 1, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 688 pages
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Throughout one of English history's most tumultuous periods, Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) took part in and reported on nearly every major political, religious, and social controversy. This widely acclaimed biography offers a fascinating account of Defoe's remarkable life. Paula Backscheider reveals new information about Defoe's secret career as a double agent, his daring business ventures, his dangerous pen—and his cat-and-mouse games with those who sought to control it. This is the definitive biography of one of eighteenth-century England's most influential figures—and one of the most prolific and widely read authors of all time

  

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Contents

Fire and Plague
3
s MerchantRebel
22
Bankrupt
62
Fugitive
84
Prison
106
17031714
114
Four Hundred Thousand Words
139
The Literary Effort of a Lifetime
159
The Goliath of the Party
283
A Team of Writers
313
Six Hundred Thousand Words
349
15 A Discontented People
385
A Penetrating Eye
412
The Whole World in Motion
437
Projects and Designs
467
l9 Changes and Disasters
493

New Life
195
io A Terrible People
226

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Paula Backscheider is the Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar in the Department of English at Auburn University. She is the author of several books, including Revising Women: Eighteenth-Century "Women's Fiction" and Social Engagement and Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and Their Poetry, both published by Johns Hopkins.

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