|portrait of Daniel Defoe|
In 1719 Defoe decided to begin writing fiction, publishing Robinson Crusoe. Defoe was 59, and composed the story from a number of short essays he had written over the years. Robinson Crusoe was followed by a handful of other novels, often highlighting the life of anti-hero’s and criminals that played the lead roles. Eventually by the 1720’s Defoe returned to writing his editorial pieces of the past, but focused primarily on politics, morality, and social order in England.
(This is interesting, as one could digest the narrative of Robinson Crusoe as a
Ultra simplified version of the ideal society that Defoe may have longed to
see in his present day England. This may have been as a result of the chaotic
events in England at the time)
Defoe died April 24, 1731, leaving behind a legacy of novels, and the classic tale of Robinson Crusoe. He is remembered as a gifted author and journalist, having created many forms of literature, many of which still popular today, and some even reproduced as films.