Daniel Defoe

1660 - 1731

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Daniel Defoe (; born Daniel Foe; c. 1660 – 24 April 1731) was an English novelist, journalist, merchant, pamphleteer and spy. He is most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, which is claimed to be second only to the Bible in its number of translations. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Daniel Defoe has received more than 3,479,729 page views. His biography is available in 100 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Daniel Defoe is the 85th most popular writer (down from 55th in 2019), the 54th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 47th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Writer.

Daniel Defoe is most famous for his novel, Robinson Crusoe. The novel is about a man who washes up on an island after a shipwreck and spends 28 years there, before being rescued.

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  • 78.02

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  • 100

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  • 11.04

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  • 4.45

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Notable Works

Fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders
The family-instructor
A journal of the plague year
Fortunate mistress
Robinson Crusoe
Adventure and adventurers
True-Born Englishman


Among writers, Daniel Defoe ranks 85 out of 7,302Before him are Rainer Maria Rilke, Hesiod, Henrik Ibsen, François Rabelais, Miyamoto Musashi, and Isaac Asimov. After him are Knut Hamsun, Pablo Neruda, Giorgio Vasari, José Saramago, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and Henry David Thoreau.

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Among people born in 1660, Daniel Defoe ranks 1After him are George I of Great Britain, Alessandro Scarlatti, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough, Maria Anna Victoria of Bavaria, André Campra, Hans Sloane, Veronica Giuliani, Johann Kuhnau, Andreas Schlüter, Johann Joseph Fux, and Johann Patkul. Among people deceased in 1731, Daniel Defoe ranks 1After him are Bartolomeo Cristofori, Brook Taylor, Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Antonio I, Prince of Monaco, Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado, Antonio Farnese, Duke of Parma, Frederik Ruysch, Johann Ludwig Bach, Violante Beatrice of Bavaria, Gustav, Duke of Zweibrücken, and Louise Hippolyte, Princess of Monaco.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Daniel Defoe ranks 54 out of 8,785Before him are Richard Burton (1925), Sean Connery (1930), Francis Drake (1540), Mary, Queen of Scots (1542), Oliver Cromwell (1599), and Thomas More (1478). After him are Charles Babbage (1791), Olav V of Norway (1903), Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900), Emily Brontë (1818), Herbert Spencer (1820), and Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (1930).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Daniel Defoe ranks 7Before him are William Shakespeare (1564), Lord Byron (1788), Agatha Christie (1890), Charles Dickens (1812), Jane Austen (1775), and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859). After him are Emily Brontë (1818), Virginia Woolf (1882), Charlotte Brontë (1816), Lewis Carroll (1832), Mary Shelley (1797), and Robert Louis Stevenson (1850).