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Daniel Defoe
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Definition English writer remembered particularly for his novel about Robinson Crusoe (1660-1731)
  • Defoe helped popularize the novel in Britain.
  • His contemporary Daniel Defoe wanted to police the language to the extent that coining a new word would be a crime as grave as counterfeiting money.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • "The 'History of the Devil,' by Daniel Defoe,—not quite the right book for a little girl," said Mr. Riley.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Author: Daniel Defoe I was born at York, in the year 1632, of a reputable family.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • Borrowing a line from a poem by Daniel Defoe that she knew he would recognize (for he had used it, too), she wrote, "Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Written from her own Memorandums .... by Daniel Defoe THE AUTHOR'S PREFACE The world is so taken up of late with novels and romances, that it will be hard for a private history to be taken for genuine, where the names and other circumstances of the person are concealed, and on this account we must be content to leave the reader to pass his own opinion upon the ensuing sheet, and take it just as he pleases.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders

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