Daniel Defoe, master of literary disguise and destined to die in hiding, sets a puzzle from the outset by leaving no firm evidence of when and where he was born, or what his family background was. Patient research has dispersed some of the mists which surround his origins; but much remains obscure, and many of the facts that have emerged are themselves baffling. One cannot do much more than set out the problems, indicate what evidence there is, suggest some tentative conclusions, and wish better luck to future investigators.
KeywordsPrefix Mist Plague
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