This is a radically revised biography of Daniel Defoe supplemented with new corroborating evidence and compelling arguments that the traditional claims regarding the biographic details of Defoe's life are completely untrue. It is an intriguing invitation to examine Defoe's writings from a totally new perspective, especially his fiction. This work presents documented and conjectural evidence that Daniel Defoe was baptised as the son of Daniel Foe and his wife Ellene in Etton, Northamptonshire in 1644 and was brought up in parish care in Colchester, Essex. In so doing it counters the received wisdom that despite the absence of baptism record, Defoe was born the son of James Foe in 1659/60 and raised and educated there. James Foe was Defoe's uncle. These counter arguments are discussed in detail in a series of Attachments. Additionally the author assesses the changes in his Defoe's biographical and literary interpretations arising from these discoveries. This analysis raises a number of important epistemological issues. John Martin maintains that writers in the early modern period mixed autobiography and fiction with a find lack of distinction.
He suggests that they are inter-textual and that a flawed biography distorts critical understanding. He suggests that identifying the autobiographical in Defoe's written work enables interesting changes to be made in Defoe's bibliography and leads to the ascription of new works.
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd