The Works of Daniel Defoe

Owens, W. R. and Furbank, P. N. eds. (2000). The Works of Daniel Defoe. London: Pickering and Chatto.



Daniel Defoe is now mainly thought of as a novelist - the author of such famous works as Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders - but this is not how his contemporaries regarded him. His reputation in his lifetime was as a poet, a journalist, and a polemical writer on political, economic and social affairs. The quantity and range of his writings is unparalleled in English Literature, and few writers have made such a lasting impact in so many literary genres.

This is the most comprehensive collection of the writings of this extraordinary man ever attempted. Grouped under five thematic headings, it aims, in 44 volumes, to give as extensive a representation as possible of Defoe’s work in all the literary genres to which he contributed.

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