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Daniel Defoe

1660 - 1731

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Daniel Defoe (; born Daniel Foe; c. 1660 – 24 April 1731) was an English writer, merchant, journalist, pamphleteer, social critic, 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. He has been seen as one of the earliest proponents of the English novel, and helped to popularise the form in Britain with others such as Aphra Behn and Samuel Richardson. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Daniel Defoe has received more than 2,970,020 page views. His biography is available in 98 different languages on Wikipedia. Daniel Defoe is the 55th most popular writer (down from 53rd in 2019), the 47th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 35th 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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Among writers, Daniel Defoe ranks 55 out of 5,755Before him are Octave Mirbeau, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Émile Zola, Hesiod, and Gabriel García Márquez. After him are Li Bai, Bertolt Brecht, Stendhal, Umberto Eco, Gustave Flaubert, and Thomas Mann.

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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, Johann Joseph Fux, Hans Sloane, Veronica Giuliani, Johann Kuhnau, Andreas Schlüter, and Johann Patkul. Among people deceased in 1731, Daniel Defoe ranks 1After him are Bartolomeo Cristofori, Yevdokiya Lopukhina, Brook Taylor, Antonio I, Prince of Monaco, Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado, Antonio Farnese, Duke of Parma, Frederik Ruysch, Johann Ludwig Bach, Louise Hippolyte, Princess of Monaco, 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 47 out of 7,765Before him are John Lennon (1940), Edward Jenner (1749), James Clerk Maxwell (1831), Bertrand Russell (1872), Sean Connery (1930), and Francis Drake (1540). After him are Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother (1900), David Ricardo (1772), Charles, Prince of Wales (1948), John Major (1943), Oliver Cromwell (1599), and Thomas Robert Malthus (1766).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Daniel Defoe ranks 7Before him are William Shakespeare (1564), Agatha Christie (1890), Charles Dickens (1812), Lord Byron (1788), Jane Austen (1775), and Arthur Conan Doyle (1859). After him are Virginia Woolf (1882), Lewis Carroll (1832), Mary Shelley (1797), Robert Louis Stevenson (1850), Walter Scott (1771), and Charlotte Brontë (1816).