He acknowledged various literary forebears, from Ballantyne to Defoe, in the creation of what became Treasure Island.
When "Robinson Crusoe" had attained celebrity, Defoe claimed that it was an allegory of his own life.
He says things like Defoe, like Montaigne, like Rochefoucauld.
Compared with it, the diaries of Defoe and Pepys would pale and be flavourless.
The type of this species of fiction is Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe."
Defoe's Life of Marlborough serves as a kind of barometer for the age and for Defoe.
Like Defoe, they both discovered that politics often make strange bedfellows.
It may be added that there are strong grounds for believing Defoe to have had about this time assistance in his literary work.
That passage was written, therefore, after 1731, and could not possibly have been written by Defoe.
It is evident that Defoe had written these works in previous years and had not been encouraged to print them.