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Daniel Defoe was a versatile writer, his works including poetry, pamphlets, journalism, miscellaneous fiction and novels. This list is not intended to be comprehensive but rather to outline some of his most important contributions to English literature:

  • 1697: An Essay Upon Projects, an essay
  • 1701: The True-Born Englishman, a poem to the pillory
  • 1702: The Shortest Way with the Dissenters; Or, Proposals for the Establishment of the Church, an essay
  • 1704: An Essay Upon Projects - The Storm or A Collection of the Most Remarkable Casualties and Disasters, Which Happened in the Late Dreadful Tempest Both by Sea and Land, a work of non-fiction, of particular journalistic note
  • 1705: The Consolidator or, Memoirs of Sundry Transactions from the World in the Moon, a work of miscellaneous fiction
  • 1706: A True Relation of the Apparition of one Mrs. Veal, the next Day after her Death: to one Mrs. Bargrave at Canterbury. The 8th of September, 1705, a work of miscellaneous fiction
  • 1711: Atlantis Major, a work of miscellaneous fiction
  • 1715: The Family Instructor, a work of non-fiction
  • 1719: The King of Pirates, a work of miscellaneous fiction
  • 1719: Robinson Crusoe, a fictional novel presented as a travelogue
  • 1719: The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, a fictional novel presented as a travelogue
  • 1720: Captain Singleton, a novel
  • 1720: Memoirs of a Cavalier, a novel
  • 1720: Serious Reflections on Robinson Crusoe, a work of non-fiction
  • 1722: A Journal of the Plague Year, a novel
  • 1722: The History and Remarkable Life of the truly Honourable Col. Jacque, commonly call'd Col. Jack, who was Born a Gentleman, put 'Prentice to a Pick−Pocket, was Six and Twenty Years a Thief, and then Kidnapp'd to Virginia, Came back a Merchant; was Five times married to Four Whores; went into the Wars, behav'd bravely, got Preferment, was made Colonel of a Regiment, came over, and fled with the Chevalier, is still abroad compleating a Life of Wonders, and resolves to dye a General, a novel
  • 1722: Moll Flanders, a novel
  • 1724: Roxanna, The Fortunate Mistress, a novel
  • 1724: (unconfirmed date), A General History of the Pyrates, a work of non-fiction
  • 1724: The Great Law of Subordination Consider'd; Or,the Insolence and Unsufferable Behaviour of Servants in England Duly Enquired, an essay
  • 1724-27: A Tour Thro' the Whole Island of Great Britain, a work of non-fiction in three volumes
  • 1725: Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business: Or, Private Abuses, Public Grievances Exemplified, an essay
  • 1726: An Essay On Literature, an essay
  • 1726: The Complete English Tradesman, a work of non-fiction
  • 1726: The Political History of the Devil, a work of non-fiction
  • 1726: Mere nature delineated: or, A body without a soul. Being observations upon the young forester lately brought to town from Germany. With suitable applications. Also, a brief dissertation upon the usefulness and necessity of fools, whether political or natural, a work of non-fiction
  • 1726: The Protestant Monastery: or, a Complaint against the Brutality of the Present Age, an essay
  • 1727: Conjugal Lewdness or, Matrimonial Whoredom, subsequently retitled: A Treatise Concerning the Use and Abuse of the Marriage Bed, an essay
  • 1727: Parochial Tyranny: Or, the House-Keeper's Complaint Against the Insupportable Exactions, and Partial Assessments of Select Vestries, an essay
  • 1728: A Plan of the English Commerce: Being a Compleat Prospect of the Trade of This Nation, As Well the Home Trade As the Foreign, a work of non-fiction
  • 1728: Augusta Triumphans: or, the Way to Make London the Most Flourishing City in the Universe, an essay
  • 1729: Second Thoughts Are Best: or, a Further Improvement of a Late Scheme to Prevent Street Robberies, an essay