Daniel Defoe: An Appeal to Honour and Justice

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  • Nicholas Seager (University of Keele)

The Appeal is the most sustained piece of writing about himself that Defoe produced, and is one of the few of his works that originally appeared under his name—so, not anonymous, or utilising a sobriquet like “the Author of the Review”. The full title is An Appeal to Honour and Justice, tho’ it be of his Worst Enemies. By Daniel De Foe. Being a True Account of his Conduct in Publick Affairs. It is a self-exonerating account of his career as a professional political writer, wherein Defoe adopts a rhetorical stance of moderation martyred, claiming that his good intentions have consistently been misconstrued by more partisan, less patriotic people.

This self-defence was …

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Seager, Nicholas. "An Appeal to Honour and Justice". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 February 2012
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