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Overview (2)

Born in London, Kingdom of England [now England, UK]
Died in London, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

Born the eldest son and third child of James and Mary Defoe, Defoe received a very good education, as his father intended him to become a Presbyterian minister, but he chose to become a merchant instead. In 1684 he joined the army of the rebel Duke of Monmouth, but when the rebellion failed, Defoe was forced into semi-exile. He went bankrupt in 1692, and began writing professionally. He wrote a satirical pamphlet in 1703 called "The Shortest Way with the Dissenters", for which he was pilloried. After a stint in Newgate prison and more troubles with his bankruptcy, Defoe wrote "Robinson Crusoe" and "Moll Flanders", both of which were great successes. Labeled a social historian for his interest in colonization, economics, and exploration, Defoe died of a lethargy in Cripplegate on 24 April 1731.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nichol

Spouse (1)

Mary Tuffley (1 January 1684 - 24 April 1731) (his death) (8 children)

Trivia (3)

Judged guilty of "seditious libel" in 1703, he was imprisoned in Newgate Prison.
Wrote his story, "Hymn to the Pillory" while in jail.
Based his character, Robinson Crusoe, on a real sailor named Alexander Selkirk.

Personal Quotes (2)

All men would be tyrants if they could.
[on flattery] When flatterers meet, the devil goes to dinner.

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