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Daniel Defoe: Master of FictionsHis Life and Works$
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Maximillian E. Novak

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.001.0001

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Journalism and History in ‘An Age of Mysteries and Paradoxes’ 1

Journalism and History in ‘An Age of Mysteries and Paradoxes’ 1

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(p.338) 15 Journalism and History in ‘An Age of Mysteries and Paradoxes’1
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Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions
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Maximillian E. Novak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.003.0027

Daniel Defoe did not publish many pamphlets during the years 1708 and 1709. Toward the end of 1709, Defoe devoted a number of issues to concepts of freedom of the press and to a new bill concerning the rights of authors which was going through Parliament. His chief job while in Scotland was defending the Union, particularly against charges in England that the Church of Scotland was persecuting the Episcopalian ministers in Scotland. He regarded these charges as inspired by the Jacobites and launched an attack upon James Greensheils, whom Defoe thought had not been properly ordained and had been thus rightfully prevented from preaching by the Church of Scotland. In some ways the narrative method of The History of the Union, with its glances backward, its dramatic plot, its focus on details and vivid scenes, and its repetitions, bore considerable resemblance to the kind of fiction Defoe would eventually write.

Keywords:   Daniel Defoe, freedom of the press, Scotland, England, Union, Church of Scotland, Jacobites, James Greensheils, The History of the Union, fiction

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