Daniel DefoeDaniel Defoe
Born Daniel Foe, he was an English writer, journalist, andpamphleteer, who gained fame for his novel
. Defoe is notable for being one of the earliestproponents of the novel, as he helped to popularise theform in Britain and is among the founders of the Englishnovel. A prolific and versatile writer, he wrote more than500 books, pamphlets and journals on various topics(including politics, crime, religion, marriage, psychologyand the supernatural). He was also a pioneer of economic journalism.