Author's Bio (see also Wikipedia)
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) led a life of mystery and intrigue. Born in London, Defoe had witnessed several catastrophic British events, such as the horrible 1666 Great Fire of London, by the time he was ten years old. As an adult, Defoe became a businessman and led a fairly respectable life, although he did dabble in his share of trouble. Defoe took part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685 and was later thrown in prison for unpaid debts. He was an outspoken voice in British politics, and wrote tracts on many topics, government, religion and the occult being some of his favorite themes. Defoe was involved in countless aspects of the volatile and exciting era of pre-Industrial England. His adventurous life was full of ups and downs, rather like the plots of some of his most beloved works, Moll Flanders and Robinson Crusoe.
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