We Must Keep Daniel Defoe in the Literary Cannon Essay

We Must Keep Daniel Defoe in the Literary Cannon Essay

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Daniel Defoe born in or around 1660 experienced the most complex disastrous events in England before he was seven. In 1664 a Dutch fleet attacked London, in 1665 the plague took seventy thousand lives and in 1666 the great fire destroyed Defoe’s neighborhood expect for three houses, one being his. Born to a family of dissenters a class of people who refused to conform to the Church of England, Defoe was hindered with obstacles from the start. Receiving his education from a dissenter’s school and as West indicates: “barred from Oxford and Cambridge and instead received three years of higher education under the Reverend Charles Morton, a future vice–president of Harvard University who drilled his pupils in science, modern tongues, and the intricacies of English rhetoric. Defoe learned his lessons well. He took away with him a superb prose style and a burning resentment of the upper classes who had denied him entrance to Oxbridge, coupled with a scarcely–disguised lust to join their ranks—a blend of envy and hatred common among young middle–class men even today.” Daniel Defoe was one of the first writers to utilize both fiction and nonfiction to entice as many people as possible. Therefore, Defoe should remain included in today’s literary canon due to his contributions to the early eighteenth century social and moral reform, political awareness and promotion of spiritual exploration.
Defoe's first notable publication was An Essay upon Projects, a series of proposals for social and economic improvement, published in 1697.One of Defoe’s works Robinson Crusoe, written in early eighteenth century not only had great influence at the time of its writing but continues to be a novel that is referred to in many schools around the world. ...


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