The Life And Times Of Oliver Goldsmith

Paperback | February 3, 2012

byJohn Forster

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. DRUDGERY AND DEPRESSION. 1773. The first volume of the Grecian History appears to have been finished by Goldsmith soon after Boswell left London, and Griffin, on behalf of the "trade," was then induced to make further advances. An agreement.dated on the 22nd of June, states 2501. as the sum agreed and paid for the two volumes; but from this payment had doubtless been deducted some part of the heavy debt for which the author was already in arrear. The rest of that debt it seemed hopeless to satisfy by mere drudgery of his own, never more than doubtfully rewarded at best; and the idea now first occurred to poor Goldsmith of a work that he might edit, for which he might procure contributions from his friends, and in which, without any great labour of the pen, the mere influence of his name and repute might suffice to bring a liberal return. It is pleasant to find Garrick helping him in this, and the other acknowledging that service in most affectionate terms. Garrick had induced Doctor Burney to promise a paper on Music for the scheme, which was that of a Popular Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. In exertions with a view to this project, and in other persevering labours of the desk, the autumn came on. "Here," he said exultingly to Cradock, on the latter entering his chambers one morning, "are some of my best prose writings. I have been hard "at work ever since midnight, and I desire you to examine them. "They are intended for an introduction to a body of arts and "sciences." Cradock thought them excellent indeed, but for other admiration they have unluckily not survived. With these proofs of application, anecdotes of carelessness, of the disposition which makes so much of the shadow as well as sunshine of the Irish character, as usual alternate...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1877. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XVII. DRUDGERY AND DEPRESSION. 1773. The first volume of the Grecian History appears to have been finished by Goldsmit...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.44 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021759364X

ISBN - 13:9780217593649

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