Captain Singleton

 
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DANIEL DEFOE (1660-1731), born in London, he attended Morton´s academy for Dissenters at Newington Green, but by the time he married Mary Tuffley and was established as a hosiery merchant in Cornhill. He was absorbed by travel throughout his life, having travelled in France, Spain and Low Countries, and possibly Italy and Germany. He took part in Monmouth´s rebellion, and in 1688 joined the advancing forces of William III. His first important work was “An Essay upon Projects” (1697) followed by “The True-Born Englishman” (1701), an immensely popular satirical poem attacking the prejudice against a king of foreign birth. In 1702 appeared “The Shortest Way with Dissenters”, a pamphlet in which Defoe, himself a Dissenter, ironically demanded the total and savage suppression of dissent; for this he was fined, imprisoned and pilloried. While in prison, he wrote his “Hymn to the Pillory”, a mock-Pindaric ode which was sold in the streets to sympathetic crowds. Defoe was an extremely prolific writer, and produced some 560 books, pamphlets and journals, many anonymously or pseudonymously, but the work for which he is best known, “Robinson Crusoe” (1719), belong to his later years. The Life, Adventures and Piracies of the Famous Captain Singleton (1720) is a novel by Daniel Defoe. It is believed to have been partly inspired by the exploits of English pirate Henry Every The narrative describes the life of an Englishman, stolen from a well-to-do family as a child and raised by Gypsies who eventually makes his way to sea.One half of the book concerns Singleton's crossing of Africa and the later half concerns his life as a pirate in the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

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Defoe was a prolific novelist, journalist and pamphleteer. His work is notable for its realism, precision and directness of style. Defoe is also recognized as the first author in modern English literature to write ghost stories.

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