Daniel Defoe was an English trader, writer, pamphleteer and journalist. He is most famous for his novel "Robinson Crusoe", which is second only to the Bible in its number of translations. This volume contains some of his less famous novels. Colonel Jack is the supposed autobiography of an English gentleman who begins life as a child of the London streets. He and his brothers are brought up as pickpockets and highwaymen, but Jack seeks to improve himself. Kidnapped and taken to America, he becomes first a slave, then an overseer on plantations in Maryland. Also, following the success of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe composed a further tale of high adventure at sea, The King of Pirates, a story of pirate life.