English writer Daniel Defoe’s classic novel "Robinson Crusoe” was first published on this day in 1719. Widely considered by literary historians to be the world’s first English novel, Defoe’s work is one of the most widely published books in history, outnumbered only the Bible in its number of translations. The fictional memoir of a young Englishman that takes to seas seeking adventure was too real for some readers, with some believing Defoe’s novel was based on actual historical events. Defoe’s timeless work has inspired numerous film and television adaptations, including countless imitations, since its release more than three centuries ago.
“The soul is placed in the body like a rough diamond, and must be polished, or the luster of it will never appear.” —