In Reply to: A life of crime posted by Stan Glickman on April 20, 2009 at 08:50:
: What is the origin of the phrase "a life of crime" and what is the particular work in which it is first used?
Defoe's final novel Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress has the phrase.
Novels and Miscellaneous Works: With Prefaces and Notes, Including Those ...ý - Page 138
by Daniel Defoe - 1724
... and, which was above all, I had now an opportunity to have quitted a life of
crime and debauchery, which I had been given up to for several years, ...