American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Defoe, Daniel 1660-1731. British writer whose most famous novel, Robinson Crusoe (1719), was inspired by the exploits of a Scottish sailor and castaway, Alexander Selkirk. He also wrote Moll Flanders and A Journal of the Plague Year (both 1722).
- n. English writer remembered particularly for his novel about Robinson Crusoe (1660-1731)
“McEwan is beginning to take a dangerous view of the potential of narrative to disrupt comfortable thinking; the aesthetic aim of Solar is to make us think of ourselves less as individuals (the basis of the realist novel from its beginnings in Defoe and Fielding) than as manipulated mannequins, subservient to our drives and impulses, but very free in a sense precisely because of the biological thrust.”
“With Jermain Defoe, Bobby Zamora and Theo Walcott already out, and doubts over Rooney's availability, the England manager turned in desperation to Heskey, only for the Aston Villa player to echo Paul Scholes in insisting his decision to retire from international football was final.”
“Not only because Fabio Capello's options are limited due to the unavailability of Emile Heskey, Jermain Defoe and Theo Walcott, but because his form for Sunderland this season suggests he deserves more than bit parts and cameo appearances.”
“Marvin Defoe Jr. is a Native American who fishes for walleye and other species in Lake Superior because that's what he learned from his father.”
“Marvin Defoe Jr., a member of the Red Cliff (Wis.)”
“TOTTENHAM HTSPR - Jermain Defoe in the 54th minute”
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“With Life and Times of Michael K, which has its roots in Defoe as well as in Kafka and Beckett, the impression that Coetzee is a writer of solitude becomes clearer.”
“Here also I should put the name Defoe, assumed by the writer whose father was satisfied with Foe.”
“Papers lodged with Epping Forest council are in the name of Defoe's mother, Sandra St Helen, 46, who is from the”
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