He continued to write political works, working as a journalist, until the early s.
The result was almost farcical, for Defoe had assumed the tone of the extremists so cleverly that both sides took the tract literally. Defoe began his campaign in The Review and other pamphlets aimed at English opinion, claiming that it would end the threat from the north, gaining for the Treasury an "inexhaustible treasury of men", a valuable new market increasing the power of England.
He was also a prolific political pamphleteer which landed him in prison for slander. The Fortunate Mistress; or, … Roxana was the first of three in When he published Robinson Crusoe, Defoe was in easy circumstances; but towards the close of his life he became again involved in difficulties, and even his stron and brave spirit was at last shaken by repeated misfortunes.
Addison called him a "false, shuffling, prevaricating rascal;" but, under all his tricks and disguises, there was a basis of conscience and of stubborn integrity.
Glaschu probably means "Green Hollow". Studies in the Narrative Method of Defoe. He told Harley that he was "privy to all their folly" but "Perfectly unsuspected as with corresponding with anybody in England".
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Most of the British gentryhe argues is at one time or another inextricably linked with the institution of trade, either through personal experience, marriage or genealogy.
Other major fiction Defoe published comparatively little inbecause he was hard at work on the three major books that were to appear the following year.