The Works of Oliver Goldsmith, Vol. 6 (Classic Reprint)

1kg Limited, 5 feb. 2018 - 258 pagina's
Excerpt from The Works of Oliver Goldsmith, Vol. 6

These Essays, from The British Magazine, The Busy Body, and other periodical publications, are attributed to Goldsmith on the authority of Isaac Reed, Thomas Percy, Thomas Wright (a printer), and James Prior, Esq. Of the genuineness of some I have more than a suspicion. Those on Taste and Poetry (nos. 14 to 20 inclusive) contain an appreciation of Scotch poets (thomson, Armstrong, and Blacklock). Of blank verse, and of new systems of versiiication, very unlike the ascertained writings and known opinions of Goldsmith. Others, however, have the weight of bullion and mint-mark of Goldsmith himself.'

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As Samuel Johnson said in his famous epitaph on his Irish-born and educated friend, Goldsmith ornamented whatever he touched with his pen. A professional writer who died in his prime, Goldsmith wrote the best comedy of his day, She Stoops to Conquer (1773). Amongst a plethora of other fine works, he also wrote The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), which, despite major plot inconsistencies and the intrusion of poems, essays, tales, and lectures apparently foreign to its central concerns, remains one of the most engaging fictional works in English. One reason for its appeal is the character of the narrator, Dr. Primrose, who is at once a slightly absurd pedant, an impatient traditional father of teenagers, a Job-like figure heroically facing life's blows, and an alertly curious, helpful, loving person. Another reason is Goldsmith's own mixture of delight and amused condescension (analogous to, though not identical with, Laurence Sterne's in Tristram Shandy and Johnson's in Rasselas, both contemporaneous) as he looks at the vicar and his domestic group, fit representatives of a ludicrous but workable world. Never married and always facing financial problems, he died in London and was buried in Temple Churchyard.

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