I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York, of a good family, though not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull. He got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at York, from whence he had married my mother, whose relations were named Robinson, a very good family in that country, and from whom I was called Robinson Kreutznaer; but, by the usual corruption of words in England, we are now called—nay we call ourselves and write our name—Crusoe; and so my companions always called me
(The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. 1719)
Daniel Defoe (Londres, 1660 - ibidem, 21 d'abril de 1731) fou un destacat periodista i escriptor anglès, considerat el fundador de la novel·la realista a la Gran Bretanya. Nascut amb el nom Daniel Foe, va afegir-hi posteriorment l'aristocràtic "De".