Item description for An Essay Upon Projects (Dodo Press) by Daniel Defoe...
Large format paper back for easy reading. Famous politician, journalist and novelist seeks to improve society through, practical, political and humerous essay.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.82" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2005
Publisher Dodo Press
ISBN 1905432216 ISBN13 9781905432219
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More About Daniel Defoe
Daniel Defoewas born Daniel Foe in London in 1660. It was perhaps ineveitable that Defoe, an outspoken man, would become a political journalist. As a Puritan he believed God had given him a mission to print the truth, that is, to proselytize on religion and politics, and he became a prolific pamphleteer satirizing the hypocrisies of both Church and State. Defoe admired William III, and his poemThe True-Born Englishman(1701) won him the King's friendship. But an ill-timed satire on High Church extremists, The Shortest Way with the Dissenters, published during Queen Anne's reign, resulted in his being pilloried and imprisoned for seditious libel in 1703. At fifty-nine Defoe turned to fiction, completingThe Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe(1719), partly based on the saga of Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor;Moll Flanders(1722);Colonel Jack(1722);A Journal of the Plague Years(1722); andRoxana or the Fortunate Mistress(1724).
Daniel Defoe lived in London. Daniel Defoe was born in 1661 and died in 1731.
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A man of vision Dec 6, 2005
This is a more technical book by the great satirical writer, although now and then the satirist has the upper hand: 'so I have seen shares in joint-stocks dwindle away till ... no buyer (the fine new word for nothing-worth).'
This book is a plea for - a bigger Bank of England, capable of forcing extortionate intrest rates down - a Merchant Court and a Bankruptcy Court, specialized in commercial litigation - industrial insurance (mutual help in case of disaster) - better roads, 'which promote universal correspondence, without which our inland trade could not be managed' - a fool-house - a charity-lottery for the maintenance of the poor - a universal welfare system (pension and health insurance): 'that all persons in the time of their health and youth, while they are able to work and spare it, should lay up some small part of their gettings as a deposit in safe hands ... to relieve them if by age or accident they come to be disabled' - taxation should be equitable: 'every man may be taxed in due proportion of his estate ... Here they should find a certain rich man rated today a 1000 pounds stock, and to-morrow offering 27000 pounds for an estate.' 'We read of the inhabitants of Constantinople that they suffered their city to be lost for want of contributing in time for its defense.' - the education of women: 'one of the most barbarous customs in the world, considering us as a civilized and a Christian country, that we deny the advantage of learning to women.' - a Royal Academy in order to polish and refine the English tongue - a Military Academy, for 'war is the best academy on the world, where men study by necessity, and practise by force.'
Defoe defends some of his pleas with detailed budgets as a proof for their financial feasibility.
Although this book is partly out-of-date, it is the work of a man of vision. But in view of its technicality, I recommend it only for historians and Defoe-fans.