Picture source: Defoe's The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (London: Harrison, 1782), illustrated by Thomas Stothard.

Compounding the problem of offering a complete listing of Defoe's works is that he is known to have published under at least 148 pen-names.

A. Novels — 1719-24

B. Non-fiction

C. Pamphlets or Essays in Prose

D. Pamphlets or Essays in Verse

Victorian Afterlife

Defoe's Robinson Crusoe cotinued to be enormously popular in the nineteenh century, and was frequently abridged and adapted for younger readers. A number of prominent Victorian artists, including the Dickens illustrators George Cruikshank, Hablot Knight Browne (Phiz), and Wal Paget published illustrated editions that emphasized the exotic and adventure-story aspects of the novel The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe and its sequel, The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, often issued together in a single volume.

The children's pantomime Robinson Crusoe was staged at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in 1796, with Joseph Grimaldi as Pierrot in the harlequinade. The piece was produced again in 1798, this time starring Grimaldi as Clown. In 1815, Grimaldi played Friday in another version of Robinson Crusoe.

Jacques Offenbach wrote an opéra comique called Robinson Crusoé, which was first performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 23 November 1867. This was based on the British pantomime version rather than the novel itself. The libretto was by Eugène Cormon and Hector-Jonathan Crémieux.

Works and Approaches — Sitemaps

Contexts​ & Editions


Allen, Walter. "The Beginnings." The English Novel: A Short Critical History. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1954. Pp. 21-42.

"A Memoir of the Author, and an Essay on his Writings." Daniel De Foe's Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Illustrated by Phiz. London and New York: Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1864. Pp. 1-15.

Shinagel, Michael (ed.). Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.​ Norton Critical Editions. New York: W. W. Norton, 1994.

Stephen, Leslie. "De Foe's Novels." Hours in a Library. London: Smith, Elder, 1874. Pp. 54-58.

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