The English novel was born with ‘Robinson Crusoe’ 300 years ago this year

A convincing case can be made for Daniel Defoe’s story about a castaway on a tropical island to be the first novel in English

Daniel Defoe 1660–1731
Samuel Richardson 1689–1761

Writer, poet, tutor and mentor in literature and creative writing (MA and BA Hons degrees in English literature), editor, journalist and musician.

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