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I remember a late Ridiculous search after the Original of our Immoralities and Prophaneness, a certain Body of Men being in distress to avoid tracing the Fountain of Vice Home to their own Doors, laid the Bastard of their own begetting at the Door of the Quakers

Works of Daniel Defoe. Defoe's Review, Volume 8 Part 1,A Review of the State of the British Nation (27 March – 29 November 1711)


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Works of Daniel Defoe. Pickering & Chatto Edition.

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Daniel Defoe is now mainly thought of as a novelist - the author of such famous works as Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders - but this is not how his contemporaries regarded him. His reputation in his lifetime was as a poet, a journalist, and a polemical writer on political, economic and social affairs. The quantity and range of his writings is unparalleled in English Literature, and few writers have made such a lasting impact in so many literary genres.

The Pickering & Chatto Edition of the Works of Daniel Defoe is the most comprehensive collection ever attempted of the writings of this extraordinary man. Grouped under six thematic headings, it aims, in 63 volumes, to give as extensive a representation as possible of Defoe’s work in all the literary genres to which he contributed.


Defoe, Daniel. Satire, Fantasy and Writings on the Supernatural. General Editors: W. R. Owens and P. N. Furbank. Volume Editors: David Blewett, Peter Elmer, John Mullan, Geoffrey Sill and G. A. Starr. 8 vols. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.

  • _____. Volume 1: The true-born Englishman and other poems. Edited by W. R. Owens. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.
  • _____. Volume 2: Jure divino. Edited by P. N. Furbank. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.
  • _____. Volume 3: The consolidator (1705); Memoirs of Count Tariff, &c. (1713); The quarrel of the school-boys at Athens (1717). Edited by Geoffrey Sill. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.
  • _____. Volume 4: Minutes of the negotiations of Monsr. Mesnager (1717); Secret memoirs of a treasonable conference at S-- House (1717); The old Whig and modern Whig revived. Edited by P. N. Furbank. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.
  • _____. Volume 5: The conduct of Christians made the sport of infidels (1717); A continuation of letters written by a Turkish spy at Paris (1718). Edited by David Blewett. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.
  • _____. Volume 6: The political history of the devil (1726). Edited by John Mullan. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.
  • _____. Volume 7: A system of magick (1727). Edited by Peter Elmer. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.
  • _____. Volume 8: An essay on the history and reality of apparitions (1727). Edited by G. A. Starr. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-2005.

Defoe, Daniel. The Novels of Daniel Defoe. General Editors: W. R. Owens and P. N. Furbank. Volume Editors: Liz Bellamy, P. N. Furbank, Maurice Hindle, N. H. Keeble, John McVeagh, John Mullan, W. R. Owens and G. A. Starr. 10 vols. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.

  • _____. Volume 1: The life and strange surprizing adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 2: The farther adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 3: Serious reflections during the life and surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1720). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 4: Memoirs of a cavalier (1720). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 5: The life, adventures, and pyracies, of the famous Captain Singleton (1720). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 6: The fortunes and misfortunes of the famous Moll Flanders (1721). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 7: A journal of the plague year (1722). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 8: The history and remarkable life of the truly honourable Col. Jacque (1723). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 9: The fortunate mistress (1724). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.
  • _____. Volume 10: A new voyage around the world (1725). London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2008-2009.

Defoe, Daniel. The Political and Economic Writings of Daniel Defoe. General Editors: W. R. Owens and P. N. Furbank. Volume Editors: J. A. Downie, P. N. Furbank, W. R. Owens, D. W. Hayton and John McVeagh. 8 vols. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.

  • _____. Volume 1: Constitutional theory. Edited by P. N. Furbank. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.
  • _____. Volume 2: Party politics. Edited by J. A. Downie. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.
  • _____. Volume 3: Dissent. Edited by W. R. Owens. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.
  • _____. Volume 4: Union with Scotland. Edited by D. W. Hayton. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.
  • _____. Volume 5: International relations. Edited by P. N. Furbank. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.
  • _____. Volume 6: Finance. Edited by John McVeagh. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.
  • _____. Volume 7: Trade. Edited by John McVeagh. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.
  • _____. Volume 8: Social reform. Edited by W.R. Owens. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2000.

Defoe, Daniel. The Religious and Didactic Writings of Daniel Defoe. General Editors: W. R. Owens and P. N. Furbank. Volume Editors: Liz Bellamy, J. A. Downie, P. N. Furbank, John McVeagh, W. R. Owens and G. A. Starr. 10 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.

  • _____. Volume 1: The family instructor, volume I (1715). Edited by P. N. Furbank. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 2: The family instructor, volume II (1718). Edited by P. N. Furbank. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 3: A new family instructor (1727). Edited by W. R. Owens. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 4: Religious courtship (1722). Edited by G. A. Starr. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 5: Conjugal lewdness (1727). Edited by Liz Bellamy. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 6: The poor man's plea (1698); The great law of subordination (1724). Edited by J. A. Downie. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 7: The complete English tradesman, volume I (1725); A supplement to The complete English tradesman (1727 (for 1726)). Edited by John McVeagh. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 8: The compleat English tradesman, volume II (1727). Edited by John McVeagh. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 9: The commentator (1720). Edited by P. N. Furbank. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.
  • _____. Volume 10: The compleat English gentleman and Of royal education. Edited by W. R. Owens. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006-2007.

Defoe, Daniel. Writings on Travel, Discovery and History by Daniel Defoe. General Editors: W. R. Owens and P. N. Furbank. Volume Editors: D. W. Hayton, N. H. Keeble, John McVeagh and Andrew Wear. 8 vols. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.

  • _____. Volume 1: A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain. Volume I. Edited by John McVeagh. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.

  • _____. Volume 2: A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain. Volume II. Edited by John McVeagh. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.
  • _____. Volume 3: A tour thro' the whole island of Great Britain. Volume III. Edited by John McVeagh. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.
  • _____. Volume 4: A general history of discoveries and improvements (1725-6) and An essay upon literature (1726). Edited by P. N. Furbank. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.
  • _____. Volume 5: Due preparations for the plague (1722) and Mere nature delineated (1726). Edited by Andrew Wear. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.
  • _____. Volume 6: Memoirs of the Church of Scotland. Edited by N. H. Keeble. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.
  • _____. Volume 7: The history of the union of Great Britain (2 pts.). Edited by D. W. Hayton. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.
  • _____. Volume 8: The history of the union of Great Britain (2 pts.). Edited by D. W. Hayton. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 2001-2002.

Defoe, Daniel. Defoe's Review. Editor: John McVeagh. 9 two-part vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2003-.

  • _____. Volume 1: A review of the affairs of France. Pt. 1, February-September 1704; pt. 2, October 1704-February 1705. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2003.
  • _____. Volume 2: A review of the affairs of France, 1705. Pt. 1, 27 February-July 1705; Pt. 2, August-December 1705. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2004.
  • _____. Volume 3: A review of the state of the English nation. Pt. 1, January-June 1706; Pt. 2, July 1706-February 1707. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2005.
  • _____. Volume 4: A review of the state of the British nation, 1707-8. Pt. 1, February-August 1707; Pt. 2, September 1707-March 1708. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2006.
  • _____. Volume 5: A review of the state of the English Nation, 1708-9. Pt. 1, March-August 1708; Pt. 2, September 1708-March 1709. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2007.
  • _____. Volume 6: A review of the state of the English nation, 1709-10. Pt. 1, April-September 1709; Pt. 2, October 1709-March 1710. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2008.
  • _____. Volume 7: A review of the state of the English nation, 1710-11. Pt. 1, March-September 1710; Pt. 2, October 1710-March 1711. London: Pickering & Chatto, 2009.
  • _____. Volume 8: A review of the state of the English nation, 1711–12 (2 parts). London: Pickering & Chatto, 2010.
  • _____. Volume 9: A review of the state of the English nation, 1712 (2 parts). London: Pickering & Chatto, 2011.

Furbank, P. N. and W. R. Owens. A Critical Bibliography of Daniel Defoe. London; Brookfield, Vt.: Pickering & Chatto, 1998.


Notes

W. R. Owens is Professor of English Literature at The Open University. His publications include editions of John Bunyan's Grace Abounding (1987), The Pilgrim's Progress (2003) and two volumes in the Clarendon Miscellaneous Works of John Bunyan (1994). A founder editor of the journal Bunyan Studies, he is also co-editor of John Bunyan and his England 1628-88 (1990), Shakespeare, Aphra Behn and the Canon (1996), and A Handbook to Literary Research (1998)

P. N. Furbank is Emeritus Professor of Literature at The Open University. He is the author of studies of Samuel Butler and Italo Svevo, and is the biographer of E M Forster and Diderot. His other books include Reflections on the Word 'Image' (1970), Unholy Pleasure: The Idea of Social Class (1985), and Behalf (1999)

Together W. R. Owens and P. N. Furbank have written over twenty articles on Defoe, and have compiled computer-generated concordances to Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders. Their joint books include The Canonisation of Daniel Defoe (1988), Defoe De-Attributions (1994), and A Critical Bibliography of Daniel Defoe (1998). They have also edited Defoe's Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain (1991), and The True-Born Englishman and Other Writings (1997).



[This] series promises to be the most authoritative and extensive publishing of Defoe's writings ever...[it[ will be a vital and vitalising addition to any institution serious about the study of Defoe and the eighteenth century.

Stephen H. Gregg
English




Pickering & Chatto has finally made Defoe's works easily available, and the benefits are already discernible in the increase in excellent criticism on texts previously available primarily on microfilm.

Paula R. Backscheider
Eighteenth-Century Studies




... the work that scholars have long awaited ... [Furbank and Owens] have surely given us a new foundation for any discussion of the canon (and therefore of Defoe's life too). Now we can start arguing.

John Mullan
The Times Literary Supplement




This edition of Defoe's works is now the standard, and libraries should own at least this set of novels if not the entire series. Highly recommended.

A. T. Vaver
CHOICE




Published on schedule in only eight years in a handsome and eminently readable format, the Works of Daniel Defoe will both advance Defoe studies and enlarge our understanding of the period. They are a fine tribute to the scholarly acumen and determination of the General Editors, W. R. Owens and P. N. Furbank.... We are all very much in their debt.

David Blewett
The Scriblerian




Winner of CHOICE Magazine's Outstanding Academic Titles 2008 award.



All scholars of the early-eigtheeenth century should be grateful for the labors of Messrs. Furbank and Owens in offering what are surely the definitive scholarly editions of that most chaotic and varied of all canons, the works of Defoe.

Noel Chevalier
The Scriblerian




I’ve spent a few weeks in the British Library reading a good deal of this very material in its original eighteenth-century condition, and this edition would have saved me a good deal of eyestrain. Impressive volumes in just about every respect, exhaustively annotated and carefully introduced, Political and Economic Writings represents a triumphant beginning to what promises to be an enormous and indispensable venture, the biggest, most ambitious publishing plan that Defoe scholarship has ever seen.

John Richetti
The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual




Essential reading ... the new Pickering & Chatto edition should help redeem the critical neglect [Defoe's] work has suffered.

Tom Paulin
London Review of Books




... at last we have a modern and reliable edition [of A Tour thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain] ... this edition should also provide the raw material for a major advance in our understanding of Defoe’s oeuvre in general and his more specific contribution to the geographical culture of the early eighteenth century.

Robert Mayhew
Journal of Historical Geography




The edition is the product of considerable skill and work on the part of an outstanding Defoe scholar. It is unlikely to be replaced in many generations (if ever), and will remain the standard reference source for anyone using the Review from now on.

Pat Rogers
University of South Florida




The editor is to be commended for producing such an eminently useful edition, replete with explanatory footnotes at the end of each issue and an Introduction that places Defoe's Review in the historical context of its time.

Dr Michael Shinagel
The Age of Johnson




these volumes [3 and 4] are indispensable for the study of Defoe's development as a writer of for an understanding of the political and cultural issues of his time.

The Scriblerian



... a significant addition to print history ....

Geoffrey Sill
The Scriblerian (on Volume 6)