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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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Corrector General of the Press: A Digression on Defoe as a Journalist

Corrector General of the Press: A Digression on Defoe as a Journalist

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(p.490) 21 Corrector General of the Press: A Digression on Defoe as a Journalist
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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/9780199261543.003.0050

It was not until August 24, 1717 that Read’s Weekly Journal noted Daniel Defoe’s apparent control over a large number of journals and particularly over what was the most forceful anti-government newspaper, the Weekly Journal, sometimes called Mist’s Weekly Journal after the nominal editor, Nathaniel Mist. Defoe appears to have struck up a brief relationship with Edmund Curll, the renowned publisher of pornographic works such as Onanism Display’d. Between Defoe’s letter to Robert Harley on September 28, 1714, asking for assistance with the Anglesey case, and the fascinating explanation to Charles de la Faye on April 26, 1718, the only extant letter from Defoe is one to Samuel Keimer, the printer of Defoe’s ‘Quaker’ tracts. If 1716 was a quiet year for Defoe as he settled into performing his tasks for the government, he was soon to be back in the thick of the journalistic controversies of the time. Abel Boyer renewed his battle with Defoe in the summer of 1717.

Keywords:   Daniel Defoe, Edmund Curll, Robert Harley, Charles de la Faye, Samuel Keimer, Abel Boyer, journals, Nathaniel Mist

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