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Literary Evaluation and Authorship Attribution, or Defoe's Politics at the Hanoverian Succession

Seager

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Abstract

In this essay, Nicholas Seager argues for re-attributing two pamphlets to Daniel Defoe: A Secret History of One Year (1714) and Memoirs of the Conduct of Her Late Majesty and Her Last Ministry (1715). These works, published shortly after the Hanoverian succession, were excluded from Defoe’s canon by Furbank and Owens on the grounds that the writing was poor in quality. A closer review of the external and internal evidence, however, points to Defoe as the author of these occasional political tracts, which reveal his attempts to attenuate what he perceived as the harmful effects of government by a single-party ministry.

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Seager. (2017). Literary Evaluation and Authorship Attribution, or Defoe's Politics at the Hanoverian Succession. Huntington Library Quarterly, 47-69. https://doi.org/10.1353/hlq.2017.0002

Acceptance Date Jun 1, 2014
Publication Date Mar 1, 2017
Journal Huntington Library Quarterly
Print ISSN 0018-7895
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press
Pages 47-69
DOI https://doi.org/10.1353/hlq.2017.0002
Keywords Daniel Defoe, attribution studies
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/hlq.2017.0002

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