Introduction John Richetti; 1. Defoe: the man in the works Paula Backscheider; 2. Defoe's political and religious journalism Maximillian Novak; 3. Defoe, commerce, and empire Srinivas Aravamudan; 4. Defoe and criminal fiction Hal Gladfelder; 5. Money and character in Defoe's fiction Deidre Lynch; 6. Defoe's Tour and the identity of Britain Pat Rogers; 7. Defoe as narrative innovator John Richetti; 8. Gender and fiction in Moll Flanders and Roxana Ellen Pollak; 9. Defoe and London Cynthia Wall; 10. Robinson Crusoe and the varieties of fictional experience Michael Seidel; 11. Defoe: satirist and moralist John McVeagh; 12. Defoe and poetic tradition J. Paul Hunter; Guide to further reading; Index.
A survey of Defoe's career and writings aimed at students, with readings of his major works.
John Richetti is A. M. Rosenthal Professor (Emeritus) of English at the University of Pennsylvania.