The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe by John Richetti

The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe

John Richetti
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A survey of Defoe's career and writings aimed at students, with readings of his major works.

Publisher Description

Daniel Defoe had an eventful and adventurous life as a merchant, politician, spy and literary hack. He is one of the eighteenth century's most lively, innovative and important authors, famous not only for his novels, including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders, and Roxana, but for his extensive work in journalism, political polemic and conduct guides, and for his pioneering 'Tour through the Whole Island of Great Britain'. This volume surveys the wide range of Defoe's fiction and non-fiction, and assesses his importance as writer and thinker. Leading scholars discuss key issues in Defoe's novels, and show how the man who was once pilloried for his writings emerges now as a key figure in the literature and culture of the early eighteenth century.

Author Biography

John Richetti is A. M. Rosenthal Professor (Emeritus) of English at the University of Pennsylvania.

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