Ed Pearce‘s Today’s memory
In memoriam: Daniel Defoe
c. 1660 – 24 April 1731
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe died on April 24, 1731, probably while in hiding from his creditors. He was interred in Bunhill Fields, London, where a monument was erected to his memory in 1870.
Defoe had a gift for observing human nature. He wrote 250 books and over 500 written works including history, biography, sociology, travel, manuals of conduct for parents and lovers, economics and political pamphlets.
The virtual founder of the novel and father of modern journalism, Defoe’s The Review was a great influence on later English newspapers.