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DANIEL DEFOE

Authors

  • Born: c. 1661
  • Birthplace: England
  • Died: 24 April 1731 (natural causes)
  • Best Known As: The author of Robinson Crusoe

Name at birth: Daniel Foe

Daniel Defoe is generally considered to be England's first true novelist. His book Robinson Crusoe (1719), the tale of a sailor shipwrecked alone on a deserted island, is a classic of English literature. (The novel was based on the true-life story of Alexander Selkirk.) Defoe also wrote the well-known novel Moll Flanders (1722) and the lesser-known Roxana (1724) among many other works.

DeFoe was born as Daniel Foe, but later added the aristocratic-sounding "De" to his name.