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The Life of Daniel Defoe Daniel Defoe was easily one of the most influential and accomplished Language author/writer of all time. Not only is Daniel Defoe considered as the creator of the English novel as well as Samuel Richardson, however, he was likewise a critical figure in European journalism and political opinion. Defoe has generated up to 200 works of non fiction along with 2,000 short essays in various periodical publications. In addition to more than half a dozen full length novels such as Robinson Crusoe, a tale of a shipwrecked sailor stranded on a distant island. Defoe has done more than anybody else in his life; he was a merchant, business owner, soldier, writer, journalist, and writer. Much of his life he had been oppressed due to his religion, faith, and political and societal ideals, due to his opposition to the church and state he was jailed and imprisoned several times. Defoe's writing showed that the fast growth of the English Middle course with new business opportunities in 1600-1700. Daniel Foe was born in London sometime in 1660 to an English butcher and candle retailer James Foe. He later changed his surname to Defoe, likely to come back to his old overseas family name. His dad was a Dissenter, a Presbyterian protestant that wasn't a portion of the established Anglican Church. Defoe's mother died when he was 10, and his father sent him to boarding school. In that time Dissenters could not attend Cambridge and Oxford schools(unless they take an oath to the Church of England), actually in that time Dissenters were prosecuted marginally by the Catholic who were the vast majority of the nation. Dissenters had to send their children into dissenting academies. At age 14 Defoe proceeded to attend an dissentin...