The Miscellaneous Works of Dr. Goldsmith: Containing All His Essays and Poems (Classic Reprint)

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Here is not, perhaps, a more whimficai figure in nature, than a man of real fliy who afi'umes an air of impudence who, while his heart beats with' anxiety, (indies cafe, and efi'eÚts 'good humour. In this fituation, however, every unexperienced writer finds him felf. Impreffed with the terrors ofthe tribunal before which he ls going to apocar, his natural humouris turned to pertnels, and for real wit he' is obliged to fubf'titute vivacity.

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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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