Daniel Defoe

1660 - 1731

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Daniel Defoe (; born Daniel Foe; c. 1660 – 24 April 1731) was an English writer, trader, journalist, 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 2,339,152 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 94 in 2019). Daniel Defoe is the 53rd most popular writer (down from 46th in 2019), the 36th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 32nd in 2019) and the 5th 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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Among writers, Daniel Defoe ranks 53 out of 5,794Before him are Simone de Beauvoir, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gabriel García Márquez, Charles Baudelaire, Aristophanes, and Friedrich Schiller. After him are Euripides, Bertolt Brecht, Jane Austen, Nikolai Gogol, Gustave Flaubert, and Stefan Zweig.

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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, Veronica Giuliani, André Campra, Johann Kuhnau, Hans Sloane, Andreas Schlüter, Johann Joseph Fux, and Friedrich Hoffmann. Among people deceased in 1731, Daniel Defoe ranks 1After him are Bartolomeo Cristofori, Brook Taylor, Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado, Antonio I, Prince of Monaco, Antonio Farnese, Duke of Parma, Louise Hippolyte, Princess of Monaco, Johann Ludwig Bach, Frederik Ruysch, Violante Beatrice of Bavaria, and Gustav, Duke of Zweibrücken.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Daniel Defoe ranks 36 out of 6,924Before him are Alexander Fleming (1881), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859), Margaret Thatcher (1925), David Hume (1711), John Maynard Keynes (1883), and Mary II of England (1662). After him are Jane Austen (1775), James Prescott Joule (1818), Bertrand Russell (1872), Anthony Hopkins (1937), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), and Henry V of England (1386).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Daniel Defoe ranks 5Before him are William Shakespeare (1564), Agatha Christie (1890), Charles Dickens (1812), and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859). After him are Jane Austen (1775), Lord Byron (1788), Lewis Carroll (1832), Virginia Woolf (1882), Mary Shelley (1797), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), and Emily Brontë (1818).