The Life of Daniel Defoe: A Critical Biography
December 2005, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Dissenter, Merchant, Speculator, Writer.
2. Early Writings 1697-1703: Projects, Dissent, Poems.
3. Political Journalism.
4. Politics and Journalism: Queen Anne to the Hanoverians.
5. Moral, Social, and Economic Writings 1714-31.
6. Robinson Crusoe.
7. Travel, Politics, and Adventure.
8. Crime and Narrative.
9. Roxana: A Novel of Crime and Punishment.
10. History, Facts, and Literature.
11. Political Journalist and Moral Censor: 1715-31.
- A critical study of the writing of Daniel Defoe.
- Examines the entire range of his work in the context of what is known about his life.
- 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.
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"Richetti does a remarkable job."
"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