Daniel Foe was born in the formative moment of capitalist Britain and into the class that would do the most to bring it about, the merchant class of the City of London who were leading and profiting from the expansion of internal and colonial trade and whose wealth would soon force a potentially revolutionary confrontation with the power of the Crown. Foe's father, James, was a Presbyterian who had come to London, served an apprenticeship as a tallow chandler and become a successful merchant and freeman of the City of London. It is believed Daniel was destined for the Presbyterian ministry since he attended one of its noted training establishments, the Reverend James Fisher's school in Dorking, Surrey, but at 14 he moved to the Reverend …

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are not a subscriber, please click here to read about membership. All our articles have been written recently by experts in their field, more than 95% of them university professors.

Citation:
Clark, Robert. "Daniel Defoe". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 October 2000
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=5210, accessed 19 April 2014.]

Articles on Defoe's works

  1. A General History of the Pyrates
  2. A Journal of the Plague Year
  3. A New Voyage round the World By a Course Never Sailed Before
  4. A Weekly Review of the Affairs of France
  5. An Appeal to Honour and Justice
  6. Conjugal Lewdness
  7. Essay on Projects
  8. Memoirs of a Cavalier; or A Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England. From the Years 1632 to 1648
  9. The Complete English Tradesman
  10. The Consolidator
  11. The Family Instructor
  12. The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  13. The Fortunate Mistress; or Roxana
  14. The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders
  15. The History and Remarkable Life of the Truly Honourable Colonel Jacque, Commonly Called Colonel Jack
  16. The Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
  17. The Life, Adventures and Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton
  18. The Memoirs of Major Alexander Ramkins
  19. The Political History of the Devil
  20. The Shortest Way with Dissenters

Related Groups

  1. Religious Reform, Protestants, Dissenters