An English trader, writer, journalist, pamphleteer and spy, now most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe.
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Famous Moll Flanders
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
The Fortunate Mistress (Parts 1 and 2)
The History of the Devil
The Life, Adventures & Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton
The True-Born Englishman, A Satire
An Essay Upon Projects
Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business
A Journal of the Plague Year
Memoirs of a Cavalier, A Military Journal of the Wars in Germany, and the Wars in England. From the Year 1632 to the Year 1648.
The Storm. An Essay.
The King of Pirates
A General History of the Pyrates
History of the Plague in London
The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1801)
The Complete English Tradesman (1839)
The History of the Remarkable Life of John Sheppard
Robinson Crusoe — in Words of One Syllable
Of Captain Mission
A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs. Veal
From London to Land's End
Of Captain Mission and His Crew-
In much the same manner and at the same time that John Gay was satirizing Walpole's government in The Beggar's Opera, Defoe began to use his pirates as a commentary on the injustice and hypocrisy of contemporary English society. Among Defoe's gallery of pirates are Captain White, who refused to rob from women and children; Captain Bellamy, the proletarian revolutionist; and captain North, whose sense of justice and honesty was a rebuke to the corruption of government under Walpole. But the fictional Captain Misson, the founder of a communist utopia, is by far the most original of these creations.
This is a fictional autobiography of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Venezuela.
The Life, Adventures and Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton by Daniel Defoe (1720)
The narrative describes the life of an Englishman, stolen from a well-to-do family as a child and raised by Gypsies who eventually makes his way to sea.One half of the book concerns Singleton's crossing of Africa and the later half concerns his life as a pirate in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Defoe's description of piracy focuses for the most part on matters of economics and logistics, making it an intriguing if not particularly gripping read. Singleton's pirate behaves more like a merchant adventurer, perhaps Defoe's comment on the mercantilism of his day.