Daniel Defoe and A Letter from a Gentleman at the Court of St Germains (1710)

Furbank, P. N. and Owens, W. R. (1995). Daniel Defoe and A Letter from a Gentleman at the Court of St Germains (1710). Etudes Anglaises, 48 pp. 61–66.

Abstract

Argues that a tract entitled 'A Letter from a Gentleman at the Court of St. Germains' (1710) should be removed from the canon of Daniel Defoe. Manuscript evidence exists that the French refugee philosopher and journalist Pierre des Maizeaux had several times laid claim to authorship of the 'Letter', and although it is not absolutely certain that this claim is to be credited, there is certainly evidence that the tract was orginally written in French, which would rule Defoe out as author.

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