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Defoe's £17,000 bankruptcy

Furbank, P. N. and Owens, W. R. (2002). Defoe's £17,000 bankruptcy. Notes and Queries, 247(3) pp. 363–364.

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This article points out that the only evidence for the much-repeated story that Defoe went bankrupt for the (then enormous) sum of £17,000 comes from himself. It argues that the figure was most probably a wild exaggeration, and puts forward a possible motive for this.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2002 Oxford University Press
ISSN: 0029-3970
Keywords: English literature
Academic Unit/Department: Arts > English
Item ID: 21595
Depositing User: Jean Fone
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2010 09:06
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2016 12:12
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