Every-body's Business, Is No-body's Business

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Everybody's Business is Nobody's Business: Or, Private Abuses, Public Grievances Exemplified is a 1725 pamphlet by Daniel Defoe.[1] It deals with the high salary of servants.[2] Similarly to The Protestant Monastery (1726), Parochial Tyranny (1727), Augusta Triumphans (1728) and Second Thoughts are Best (1729), it was published under the pseudonym of Andrew Moreton.[1] Defoe did not sign his name to the majority of his works.[3] He preferred them to be published anonymously or under one of his pen names.[3] This choice was “sometimes” made “to conceal his authorship or to stimulate sales, but more characteristically to establish a point of view”.[3]

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  1. ^ a b P B, Backscheider (1989). Daniel Defoe. His Life. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 517.
  2. ^ J, Richetti (2008). The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 40.
  3. ^ a b c J R, Moore (1971). "Defoe's Persona as Author: The Quaker's Sermon". SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900. Rice University. 11 (3): 507. JSTOR 449910.


Backscheider, P B, Daniel Defoe.His Life, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore and London, 1989.

“Social Projects”, Daniel Defoe. The Collection of the Lily Library,Indiana University Bloomington, 2008, retrieved 25 October 2015, <http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/defoe/projects.html>

George, M D, London Life in the Eighteenth Century, Penguin Books, Great Britain, 1979.

Maldonado, T, “Defoe and the ‘Projecting Age’”,MIT Press, vol. 18, no. 1, 2002, pp. 78-85, retrieved 20 October 2015, JSTOR, <https://www.jstor.org/stable/1512032>

Moore, J R, "Defoe's Persona as Author: The Quaker's Sermon", SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500–1900, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 507-516, retrieved 20 November 2015, JSTOR, <https://www.jstor.org/stable/449910>

Novak, M E, “Last Productive Years”,Daniel Defoe Master of Fictions. His Life and Ideas, Oxford University Press, United States of America, 2001.

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