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Publication Order of Robinson Crusoe Books

Robinson Crusoe (1719)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Life and Most Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner (1719)Description / Buy at Amazon
Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serious Reflections During the Life and Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1720)Description / Buy at Amazon
Robinson Crusoe is a collection of The Life and Further Adventures.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Consolidator (1705)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Apparition of Mrs. Veal (1706)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King of Pirates (1719)Description / Buy at Amazon
Captain Singleton (1720)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memoirs of a Cavalier (1720)Description / Buy at Amazon
Moll Flanders (1722)Description / Buy at Amazon
Colonel Jack (1722)Description / Buy at Amazon
History of the Plague in London (1722)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Journal of the Plague Year (1722)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress (1724)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pirate Gow (1725)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

Selected Prose and Poetry (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon
Short Works of Daniel Defoe (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

The Complete English Tradesman (1627)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Master Mercury (1704)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Family Instructor (1715)Description / Buy at Amazon
A General History of the Pyrates (1724)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain (1724)Description / Buy at Amazon
The History of the Remarkable Life of John Sheppard (1724)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Plan of the English Commerce (1726)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Political History of the Devil (1726)Description / Buy at Amazon
The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campell (1904)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tour through Eastern Counties of England, 1722 (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chronicles and Characters of the Stock Exchange (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tour Through England and Wales - Volume I. (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother Ross (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Treatise Concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Religious Courtship (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Ecclesiastical History of Scotland (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Storm (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Pamphlets/Essays

An Essay upon Projects (1697)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conjugal Lewdness, or Matrimonial Whoredom (1727)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Essay On The History And Reality Of Apparitions (1727)Description / Buy at Amazon
Augusta Triumphans (1728)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Letter to the Dissenters (1731)Description / Buy at Amazon
The True-Born Englishman and Other Writings (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Essay on the Original of Literature (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
And What if the Pretender Should Come? Or, some considerations of the advantages and real consequences of the Pretender's possessing the crown of Great-Britain. (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
An essay upon loans (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Defection Farther Consider'd (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poor Man's Plea in Relation to All the Proclamations, Declarations, Acts of Parliament, &, Which Have Been, or Shall Be Made, or Publish'd, for a Reformation of Manners, and Suppressing Immorality in the Nations. (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Evident Advantages to Great Britain and Its Allies from the Approaching War (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Collection of the Writings of the Author of the True-Born English-Man (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The History of the Union Between England and Scotland (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mere Nature Delineated (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judgment of Whole Kingdoms and Nations (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Faults on Both Sides, Or, an Essay Upon the Original Cause Progress and Mischievous Consequences of the Factions in This Nation (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Essay at Removing National Prejudices Against a Union with Scotland. to Be Continued During the Treaty Here (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The History of the Kentish Petition (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The True-Born Englishman (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Apology for the Army in a Short Essay on Fortitude, &C (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Memoirs of the Honourable Col. Andrew Newport (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Villainy of Stock-Jobbers Detected, and the Causes of the Late Run Upon the Bank and Bankers Discovered and Considered (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Reflections Upon a Late Scandalous and Malicious Pamphlet Entitul'd, the Shortest Way with the Dissenters, or Proposals for the Establishment of the Church (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Vindication of the Honour and Justice of His Majesty's Government (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shortest Way with the Dissenters (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Account of the Proceedings Against the Rebels, and Other Prisoners, Tried Before the Lord Chief Justice Jefferies, and Other Judges, in the West of England, in 1685, for Taking Arms Under the Duke of Monmouth (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Classic Sea Stories(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Writers: Their Lives and Works(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Sea Adventure(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoe, born in London around 1660, was an English journalist, writer, and spy that gained enduring fame for his novel “Robinson Crusoe”. He is notable for being one of the earliest practitioners of the novel, is usually referred to as one of the founders, if not the founder, of the English novel. Defoe helped popularize the genre in Britain. He is known to have used almost two hundred pen names in his career.

Daniel was a versatile and prolific writer, writing over five hundred books, journals, and pamphlets on numerous topics, like: psychology, politics, religion, crime, the supernatural, and marriage. He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.

Daniel was born Daniel Foe and was the son of a London butcher named James Foe. He later added the “De” at the beginning of his name to make his name sound more gentlemanly.

He graduated from an academy at Newington Green, which was run by the Reverend Charles Morton. Shortly after, in the year 1683, he went into business, giving up an earlier intent on becoming a dissenting minister. He traveled around often, selling goods like wool and wine, however he was rarely ever out of debt. Daniel went bankrupt in the year 1692, paying debts for close to a decade after. By 1703 he had given up the business industry.

Daniel was always interested in politics, and published a political pamphlet, his first literary piece, in the year 1683. He continued writing political works, working as a journalist until early in the 1700s. Some of these pamphlets got him jailed by his political opponents for slander.

Around the age of 59, he took a new literary path when he published “Robinson Crusoe”, a novel that is based off many short essays that he composed over the years. Some novels followed shortly after, often with rogues and criminals.

While he was writing fiction, his political work tapered off during this point, due to the fall of both the Tory and Whig party leaders with whom he was associated. Robert Walpole had been beginning his rise at this time, and Defoe just never felt entirely at home with the Walpole group.

During the mid-1720s, he went back to writing editorial pieces that focused on subjects like politics, morality, and the breakdown of social order in England.

He died April 24, 1731. The cause of death was ruled lethargy, but it is likely that he experienced a stroke. Defoe is remembered today as a prolific author and journalist, and has been lauded for his numerous works of non-fiction and fiction. The characters he created in his fiction have been brought to life countless times through the years, in editorial works, and on screen and stage productions.

“Robinson Crusoe” was released in the year 1719. It tells the story of Robinson’s shipwreck on a desert island for almost thirty years and the subsequent adventures that he went on. Throughout the episodic narrative, Crusoe’s struggles with his own faith are apparent while bargaining with God in times of life-threatening crises, but he repeatedly turns his back after his deliverances.

Robinson finally becomes content with his lot in life, having been separated from society, and following a much more genuine conversion experience.

Fans found the novel to be best during the slower parts, as Defoe is a master of detail. The action, when it does come, is much better after the calmer parts. The novel has a gripping plot, is rich in detail, has profound character development, some insightful meditations, and the meeting of two totally different worlds of the cannibals and Robinson.

“Journal of the Plague Year” is a novel that was released in the year 1722. In 1665, the Great Plague swept through London, and claimed almost one hundred thousand lives. In the novel, Defoe chronicles vividly the progress of this epidemic.

Readers follow his fictional narrator through a city that has been transformed: the alleyways and streets are deserted, houses of death have crosses painted on the doors. The dead-carts make their way on to the pits, and find horrified citizens of the city. All while isolation, fear, and hysteria take hold.

“Moll Flanders” is a novel that was released in the year 1722. Moll Flanders, the titular heroine, appears as a bigamist, whore, thief, and lives in The Mint, commits acts such as incest and adultery, yet is still able to maintain the sympathy of the reader. She was born in Newgate. The novel claims to be the true accounting of Moll’s life, detailing exploits from her birth until her old age.

Some of her exploits included being a whore for twelve years, being a thief for twelve years, and marrying five times (once to her brother), and eight years living as a transported felon in Virginia. After doing all of this, she grew rich, lived honest, before dying a penitent.

Her savvy manipulation of wealth and men earns her a life filled with trials, however ultimately an ending in reward. Even though Moll struggles with some of her choices and actions, religion appears to be the furthest from her concerns throughout the majority of her story.

Readers found this to be a brilliant and classic story with a bold and unusual heroine that is not at all girly, prim, or chaste. Moll is a great survivalist bad girl that triumphs over every bad thing that the author throws her way. Defoe does a great job of getting the sympathy of the reader, and does so by placing her in a hostile yet enticing world, one that lures and tempts otherwise virtuous individual into a life of crime.

“Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress” is Daniel’s final novel and was released in the year 1724. This novel is an example of the rather remarkable way that Defoe is able to inhabit his fictional characters (who are also drawn from life), despite Roxana’s being a woman.

This is the story of the spiritual and moral decline of one high society courtesan. At the time she is relaying her story, she says she has become a penitent later in life.

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