Daniel Defoe: His Life

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9780801837852: Daniel Defoe: His Life

An excellent biography, the first since 1958, of a man whose life was an adventure rivaling Robinson Crusoe's. Backscheider (English, U. of Rochester) reveals new information about Defoe's secret career as a double agent, his daring business ventures, and his cat-and-mouse games with those who wanted to control the press and his dangerous pen. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Paula Backscheider's widely acclaimed biography offers a fascinating account of this remarkable life. She reveals new information about Defoe's secret career as a double agent, his daring business ventures, his dangerous pen--and his cat and mouse games with those who sought to control it. This is the definitive biography of one of eighteenth-century England's most influential figures--and one of the most prolific and widely read authors of all time.

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Paula Backscheider is the Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar in the Department of English at Auburn University. She is the author of several books, including Revising Women: Eighteenth-Century "Women's Fiction" and Social Engagement and Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and Their Poetry, both published by Johns Hopkins.

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