The life and times of Oliver Goldsmith, and a biogr. sketch of the author

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJohn Forster

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...of this charming tale. Every one is familiar with Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield. We read it in youth and in age. We return to it, as Walter Scott has said, again and again; "and we bless the memory of an "author who contrives so well to reconcile us to human nature." With its ease of style, its turns of thought so whimsical yet wise, and the humour and wit which sparkle freshly through its narrative, we have all of us profitably amused the idle or the vacant hour; from year to year we have had its tender or mirthful incidents, its forms so homely in their beauty, its pathos and its comedy, given back to us from the canvas of our Wilkies, Newtons, and Stothards, our Leslies, Maclises, and Mulreadys: but not in those graces of style, or even in that home-cherished gallery of familiar faces, can the secret of its extraordinary fascination be said to consist. It lies nearer the heart. A something which has found its way there; which, while it amused, has made us happier; which, gently inweaving itself with our habits of thought, has increased our good-humour and charity; which, insensibly it may be, has corrected wilful impatiences of temper, and made the world's daily accidents easier and kinder to us all: somewhat thus should be expressed, I think, the charm of the Vicar of Wakefield. It is our first pure example of the simple domestic novel. Though wide as it was various, and most minutely as well as broadly marked with passion, incident, and character, the field selected by Richardson, Fielding, and Smollett for the exercise of their genius and display of their powers, had hardly included this. Nor is it likely that Goldsmith would himself have chosen it, if his leading object had been to 'write a book. Rather as a refuge...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1890 edition. Excerpt: ...of this charming tale. Every one is familiar with Goldsmith's Vicar of Wakefield. We read it in youth and in ag...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:214 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.45 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217942156

ISBN - 13:9780217942157

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