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Daniel Defoe

Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660. It was perhaps, ineveitable that Defoe, an outspoken man, would become a political journalist. As a Puritan he believed God had given him a mission to print the truth, that is, to proselytize on religion and politics, and in fact, he became a prolific pamphleteer satirizing the hypocrisies of both Church and State. Defoe admired William III, and his poem The True-Born Englishman (1701) won him the King's friendship. But an ill-timed satire on High Church extremists, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, published during Queen Anne's reign, resulted in his... Read More

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Robinson Crusoe
Written by Daniel Defoe, Illustrated by Coralie Bickford-Smith, Introduction by John Richetti
Penguin Classics | Hardcover | September 2014
$23.00/30.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-139340-7 (0-14-139340-8)

Daniel Defoe's great masterpiece, in a gorgeous new clothbound edition designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith. These delectable and collectible Penguin editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design 'I walk'd about on the shore, lifting up my hands, and my whole being, as I... Read more






Moll Flanders
Written by Daniel Defoe, Afterword by Regina Barrecca, Introduction by Holly Robinson
Signet | Paperback | August 2014
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-47032-4 (0-451-47032-X)

As Moll Flanders struggles for survival amid the harsh social realities of seventeenth-century England, there is but one thing she is determined to avoid: the deadly snare of poverty. On the twisting path that leads from her birth in Newgate Prison to her final prosperous respectability, love is regarded as worth... Read more






Robinson Crusoe
Written by Daniel Defoe, Afterword by Robert Mayer, Introduction by Paul Theroux
Signet | Paperback | May 2008
$5.95/6.50(Canada) | 978-0-451-53077-6 (0-451-53077-2)

Daniel Defoe’s classic tale of a solitary castaway’s survival and triumph, widely considered to be the first English novel.

“I, poor miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked, came on shore on this dismal unfortunate island, all the rest of the ship’s company being drowned. In despair of any relief, I saw nothing but...

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The Storm
Written by Daniel Defoe
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | May 2005
$15.00/17.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143992-1 (0-14-143992-0)

On the evening of November 26, 1703, a hurricane from the north Atlantic hammered into Britain: it remains the worst storm the nation has ever experienced. Eyewitnesses saw cows thrown into trees and windmills ablaze from the friction of their whirling sails—and some 8,000 people lost their lives. For Defoe, bankrupt... Read more






A Journal of the Plague Year
Written by Daniel Defoe, Introduction by Cynthia Wall, Noted by Cynthia Wall
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | August 2003
$11.00/15.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043785-0 (0-14-043785-1)

In 1665 the plague swept through London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Defoe was just five at the time of the plague, but he later called on his own memories, as well as his writing experience, to create this vivid chronicle of the epidemic and its victims.  A Journal (1722) follows... Read more






Robinson Crusoe
Written by Daniel Defoe, Introduction by John Richetti
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-143982-2 (0-14-143982-3)

The original tale of a castaway struggling to survive on a remote desert island, and one of the first novels in English

The sole survivor of a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe is washed up on a desert island. In his journal he chronicles his daily battle to stay alive, as he conquers... Read more






Moll Flanders
Written by Daniel Defoe, Introduction by Virginia Woolf
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2002
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-76010-5 (0-375-76010-5)

Written in a time when criminal biographies enjoyed great success, Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders details the life of the irresistible Moll and her struggles through poverty and sin in search of property and power. Born in Newgate Prison to a picaresque mother, Moll propels herself through marriages, periods of success and... Read more






A Journal of the Plague Year
Written by Daniel Defoe, Introduction by Jason Goodwin
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | November 2001
$11.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75789-1 (0-375-75789-9)

Defoe's account of the bubonic plague that swept London in 1665 remains as vivid as it is harrowing. Based on Defoe's own childhood memories and prodigious research, A Journal of the Plague Year walks the line between fiction, history, and reportage. In meticulous and unsentimental detail it renders the daily life... Read more






Robinson Crusoe
Written by Daniel Defoe, Introduction by Virginia Woolf
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | June 2001
$9.00/11.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75732-7 (0-375-75732-5)

Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God. This edition features maps. Read more






Robinson Crusoe
Written by Daniel Defoe, Illustrated by W.J. Winton, Foreword by Kathleen Lines
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1993
$16.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-42819-0 (0-679-42819-4)

This classic story of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island is perhaps the greatest adventure in all of English literature. Fleeing from pirates, Robinson Crusoe is swept ashore in a storm possessing only a knife, a box of tobacco, a pipe-and the will to survive. His is the saga of... Read more






Moll Flanders
Written by Daniel Defoe, Introduction by John Mullan
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | November 1991
$22.00/25.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-40548-1 (0-679-40548-8)

This is the spirited story of a survivor whose racy anecdotes and shady dealings only underline her essential warmth and goodness. But there is nothing sentimental about Moll, who presents herself warts and all. Though her adventures take her abroad, she remains the vivid creation of London.

Moll Flanders, pickpocket and prostitute–a...

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Moll Flanders
Written by Daniel Defoe, Introduction by David Blewett
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | October 1989
$12.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043313-5 (0-14-043313-9)

‘I grew as impudent a Thief, and as dexterous as ever Moll Cut-Purse was’

Born and abandoned in Newgate Prison, Moll Flanders is forced to make her own way in life.  She duly embarks on a career that includes husband-hunting, incest, bigamy, prostitution and pick-pocketing, until her crimes eventually catch up with...

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Moll Flanders
Written by Daniel Defoe
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1989
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21328-7 (0-553-21328-8)

Written in a time when criminal biographies enjoyed great success, Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders details the life of the irresistible Moll and her struggles through poverty and sin in search of property and power. Born in Newgate Prison to a picaresque mother, Moll propels herself through marriages, periods of success and... Read more






Roxana, Or the Fortunate Mistress
Written by Daniel Defoe, Edited by David Blewett
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | June 1982
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043149-0 (0-14-043149-7)

The final work of Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe 

Roxana (1724) was Defoe's last novel. It is a fascinating work, simultaneously strange and tragic, which dramatizes the moral deterioration and degradation of its complex heroine. Mlle Beleau, or Roxana as she becomes known, enters upon a career as a courtesan. She passes... Read more






Robinson Crusoe
Written by Daniel Defoe
Bantam Classics | Paperback | June 1982
$6.95/9.50(Canada) | 978-0-553-21373-7 (0-553-21373-3)

This classic story of a shipwrecked mariner on a deserted island is perhaps the greatest adventure in all of English literature. Fleeing from pirates, Robinson Crusoe is swept ashore in a storm possessing only a knife, a box of tobacco, a pipe-and the will to survive. His is the saga of... Read more





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