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The life of Daniel Defoe /
John Richetti.
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Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.
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xi, 406 p. : ill.
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0631195297 (hard cover : alk. paper), 9780631195290 (hard cover : alk. paper)
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Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2005.
isbn
0631195297 (hard cover : alk. paper)
9780631195290 (hard cover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5842654
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Wu, Kay. 2006/09/28.
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-06-01:
In offering a biography of Defoe, Richetti (Univ. of Pennsylvania) joins two of his contemporaries--Paula Backscheider (Daniel Defoe: His Life, CH, Feb'90, 27-3173) and Maximillian Novak (Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions, CH, Nov'01, 39-1411)--but he distinguishes his work from theirs by producing a critical biography. Defoe left behind few sources that provide insight into his private life, so rather than fill in the gaps with speculative detail, Richetti uses biography merely as a backdrop for analyzing Defoe's rhetorical strategies and discursive modes. He argues that Defoe's poetry should receive more attention than it does, pointing out that Defoe, though known mainly for his prose, wrote more verse than Milton or Dryden. He also shows how Defoe presents sophisticated arguments in his political writings, even though his positions are rarely consistent. Richetti's organization of his discussion of Defoe's works is thematic rather than sequential, a curious arrangement that results in uneven presentation of Defoe's life. During his discussion of Defoe's novels, which clearly absorb much of Richetti's interest and energy, biographical considerations drop out in favor of extended readings. This biography will suit readers studying Defoe's writing rather than those interested in the life story of this prolific writer. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Graduate and research collections. A. T. Vaver Brandeis University
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"Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe's works are still worth reading ... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices." Studies In English Literature 1500-1900 "Richetti does a remarkable job." 18th-Century Studies
"Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe's works are still worth reading ... [ The Life of Daniel Defoe ] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices." Studies In English Literature 1500-1900 "Richetti does a remarkable job." 18th-Century Studies "Richetti's contributions to the study of 18th century fiction have established him among the foremost critics...he has been brilliant in his treatment of Defoe." 1650-1850 Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era "Richetti conscientiously explains the political controversies that possessed Defoe ... When he reaches his chapters on Defoe's novels you get the eloquent condensation of his expertise." London Review of Books "[Richetti] brings us closer than any previous biographer to the personality that 'must have been lurking somewhere behind the various voices that he projected' over forty years of writing. This is an urbane, well informed, and interesting account, not only of Defoe but of the entire Defoe enterprise." Scriblerian
"Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe's works are still worth reading... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices."tudies In English Literature 1500-1900Richetti does a remarkable job."8th-Century Studies
"Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe's works are still worth reading ... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices." Studies In English Literature 1500-1900"Richetti does a remarkable job." 18th-Century Studies"Richetti's contributions to the study of 18th century fiction have established him among the foremost critics...he has been brilliant in his treatment of Defoe." 1650-1850 Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era"Richetti conscientiously explains the political controversies that possessed Defoe ... When he reaches his chapters on Defoe's novels you get the eloquent condensation of his expertise." London Review of Books"[Richetti] brings us closer than any previous biographer to the personality that 'must have been lurking somewhere behind the various voices that he projected' over forty years of writing. This is an urbane, well informed, and interesting account, not only of Defoe but of the entire Defoe enterprise." Scriblerian
"Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe 's works are still worth reading ... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices. "Studies In English Literature 1500-1900
"Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe's works are still worth reading ... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices."Studies In English Literature 1500-1900"Richetti does a remarkable job."18th-Century Studies
& "Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe & 's works are still worth reading & ... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices. & "Studies In English Literature 1500-1900"Richetti does a remarkable job."18th-Century Studies
& "Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe's works are still worth reading... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices."Studies In English Literature 1500-1900"Richetti does a remarkable job."18th-Century Studies
"Richetti reminds us why so many of Defoe 's works are still worth reading ... [The Life of Daniel Defoe] is a welcome addition to the family of biographies trying to render three-dimensional the man behind so many voices. " Studies In English Literature 1500-1900
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The Life of Daniel Defoe examines the entire range of Defoe's writing in the context of what is known about his life and opinions. A critical study of the writing of Daniel Defoe. Features extended and detailed commentaries on Defoe's political and religious journalism, as well as on his narrative fictions. Places emphasis on Defoe's distinctive style and rhetoric.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A critical study of the writing of Daniel Defoe, author of 'Robinson Crusoe' and 'Moll Flanders'. It examines the entire range of his work in the context of what is known about his life.
Long Description
The Life of Daniel Defoe examines the entire range of Defoe 's writing in the context of what is known about his life and opinions. The book provides a commentary on most of his voluminous political, religious, moral, and economic journalism, as well as on all of his narrative fictions. All these works are situated in the precise historical circumstances of the eighteenth century in which Defoe was an important and active participant. The biography focuses on Defoe 's life and mind as it appears in his writing, and emphasises his distinctive style and rhetoric.
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The Life of Daniel Defoe examines the entire range of Defoe's writing in the context of what is known about his life and opinions. The book provides a commentary on most of his voluminous political, religious, moral, and economic journalism, as well as on all of his narrative fictions. All these works are situated in the precise historical circumstances of the eighteenth century in which Defoe was an important and active participant. The biography focuses on Defoe's life and mind as it appears in his writing, and emphasises his distinctive style and rhetoric.
Table of Contents
Preface
Acknowledgments
Dissenter, Merchant, Speculator, Writer
Early Writings 1697-1703: Projects, Dissent, Poems
Political Journalism
Politics and Journalism: Queen Anne to the Hanoverians
Moral, Social, and Economic Writings 1714-31
Robinson Crusoe
Travel, Politics, and Adventure
Crime and Narrative
Roxana: A Novel of Crime and Punishment
History, Facts, and Literature
Political Journalist and Moral Censor: 1715-31
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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