In memoriam: Daniel Defoe
c. 1660 – 24 April 1731
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
Daniel Defoe died on April 24, 1731. He was most famous for his novel Robinson Crusoe.
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.
His A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain published in three volumes between 1724-26 was one of the first travel books.
Daniel Defoe’s numerous pen names included Jeffrey Sing-Song, Obadiah Blue Hat, Betty Blueskin, Penelope Firebrand, and the Man in the Moon.
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.