Daniel Defoe was born Daniel Foe in London in 1660. He was educated at the Reverend James Fisher's school in Dorking, Surrey. By 1683, he was an established merchant living in Cornhill. In 1684, he married Mary Tuffley who was to bear him seven children. For some years he prospered, but in 1692, he was bankrupt and began to look for patronage to support his family.
In 1695 he added the ‘De' to his name. Two years later he published “An Essay on P...
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