The Canonisation of Daniel Defoe

Furbank, P. N. and Owens, W. R. (1988). The Canonisation of Daniel Defoe. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.


An account of the extraordinary way in which the Defoe 'canon' was assembled, and its mushroom growth from about 100 items at the end of the eighteenth century to over 570 items by the middle of the twentieth century. Argues that this 'canon' has been constructed on faulty principles of attribution, and that no satisfactory evidence has ever been presented for many of them.

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