THE COMPLETE GREATEST WORKS OF DANIEL DEFOE [Special NOOK Edition] All the Major Works of Daniel Defoe in a Single Nook Volume! Includes ROBINSON CRUSOE. MOLL FLANDERS, ROXANA, A Journal of the Plague Year, A Humble Proposal and More Over 20,000 Pages! [NOOK Book]
THE COMPLETE GREATEST WORKS OF DANIEL DEFOE [Special NOOK Edition]
All the Major Works of Daniel Defoe in a Single Nook Volume!
Includes Robinson Crusoe. Moll Flanders, Roxana, A Journal of the Plague Year, A Humble Proposal and More
Over 20,000 Pages!
PARTIAL TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF ROBINSON CRUSOE
THE LIFE, ADVENTURES AND PIRACIES OF THE FAMOUS CAPTAIN SINGLETON
A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR
THE FORTUNES & MISFORTUNES OF THE FAMOUS MOLL FLANDERS
ROXANA: THE FORTUNATE MISTRESS
MEMOIRS OF A CAVALIER
A GENERAL HISTORY OF THE PYRATES
THE HISTORY OF THE PYRATES
OF CAPTAIN MISSON AND HIS CREW
AN ESSAY UPON PROJECTS
THE TRUE-BORN ENGLISHMAN
THE SHORTEST WAY WITH THE DISSENTERS
AN ESSAY ON THE REGULATION OF THE PRESS.
GIVING ALMS NO CHARITY
A TRUE RELATION OF THE APPARITION OF MRS. VEAL
A TOUR THROUGH THE WHOLE ISLAND OF GREAT BRITAIN
EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS IS NOBODY’S BUSINESS
THE COMPLETE ENGLISH TRADESMAN
THE HISTORY OF THE DEVIL
AN APPEAL TO HONOUR AND JUSTICE,
THE MEMOIRS OF MAJR. ALEXANDER RAMKINS,
THE MILITARY MEMOIRS OF CAPT. GEORGE CARLETON
HISTORY OF THE PLAGUE IN LONDON
AN HUMBLE PROPOSAL TO THE PEOPLE OF ENGLAND,
SECOND THOUGHTS ARE BEST
A VINDICATION OF THE PRESS
EXCERPT FROM ROBINSON CRUSOE
"I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York, from whence he had married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson, a very good family in that country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corruption of words in England, we are now called—nay we call ourselves and write our name—Crusoe; and so my companions always called me.
I had two elder brothers, one of whom was lieutenant-colonel to an English regiment of foot in Flanders, formerly commanded by the famous Colonel Lockhart, and was killed at the battle near Dunkirk against the Spaniards. What became of my second brother I never knew, any more than my father or mother knew what became of me.
Being the third son of the family and not bred to any trade, my head began to be filled very early with rambling thoughts. My father, who was very ancient, had given me a competent share of learning, as far as house-education and a country free school generally go, and designed me for the law; but I would be satisfied with nothing but going to sea; and my inclination to this led me so strongly against the will, nay, the commands of my father, and against all the entreaties and persuasions of my mother and other friends, that there seemed to be something fatal in that propensity of nature, tending directly to the life of misery which was to befall me.
My father, a wise and grave man, gave me serious and excellent counsel against what he foresaw was my design. He called me one morning into his chamber, where he was confined by the gout, and expostulated very warmly with me upon this subject. He asked me what reasons, more than a mere wandering inclination, I had for leaving father’s house and my native country, where I might be well introduced, and had a prospect of raising my fortune by application and industry, with a life of ease and pleasure. He told me it was men of desperate fortunes on one hand, or of aspiring, superior fortunes on the other, who went abroad upon adventures, to rise by enterprise, and make themselves famous in undertakings of a nature out of the common road; that these things were all either too far above me or too far below me; that mine was the middle state, or what might be called the upper station of low life, which he had found, by long experience, was the best state in the world, the most suited to human happiness, not exposed to the miseries and hardships, the labour and sufferings of the mechanic part of mankind, and not embarrassed with the pride, luxury, ambition, and envy of the upper part of mankind. He told me I might judge of the happiness of this state by this one thing—viz. that this was the state of life which all other people envied; that kings have frequently lamented the miserable consequence of being born to great things, and wished they had been placed in the middle of the two extremes, between the mean and the great; that the wise man gave his testimony to this, as the standard of felicity, when he prayed to have neither poverty nor riches."
Daniel Defoe (ca. 1659–1661 to 24 April 1731), born Daniel Foe, was an English trader, writer, journalist, and pamphleteer, who gained fame for his novel Robinson Crusoe. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliest proponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise the form in Britain and along with others such as Richardson, is among the founders of the English novel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than 500 books, pamphlets and journals on various topics (including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychology and the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.