Daniel Defoe(1660-1731), Novelist, journalist and author of 'Robinson Crusoe'
Sitter in 4 portraits
Daniel Defoe was a novelist, pamphleteer and journalist who gained enduring fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe (1719). Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel who helped popularise the genre in Britain. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote several hundred books, pamphlets, and journals on various topics including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural. He was also an important pioneer of economic journalism.
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