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Oliver Goldsmith (1730–1774)

Forfatter af The Vicar of Wakefield

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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, vis mere 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. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Oliver Goldsmith

The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) — Forfatter — 2,798 eksemplarer
She Stoops to Conquer (1771) 1,518 eksemplarer
Treasury of Aesop's Fables (1973) 174 eksemplarer
The Deserted Village (1770) 125 eksemplarer
The Citizen of the World (1969) 76 eksemplarer
The Works of Oliver Goldsmith (1854) 59 eksemplarer
The Poems of Thomas Gray, William Collins, Oliver Goldsmith (1969) — Forfatter — 27 eksemplarer
Oliver Goldsmith (1777) 23 eksemplarer
Poems, plays and essays (1900) 22 eksemplarer
The Roman History (1805) 19 eksemplarer
The Poems of Oliver Goldsmith (2003) 19 eksemplarer
The Mad Dog (1766) 18 eksemplarer
The Traveller: A Poem (1892) 18 eksemplarer
Grecian History (2009) 11 eksemplarer
History of Rome (1817) 10 eksemplarer
Essays (1928) 9 eksemplarer
Beau Nash 9 eksemplarer
The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith (2018) 6 eksemplarer
The Plays of Oliver Goldsmith (1893) 6 eksemplarer
Selected essays (1912) 6 eksemplarer
Retaliation, a poem 5 eksemplarer
Goldsmith's Poems (1884) 5 eksemplarer
Goldsmith: Selected Works (1967) 5 eksemplarer
Selected Poems (Fyfield Books) (1988) 5 eksemplarer
The Vicar of Wakefield and Poems (1930) 5 eksemplarer
Selected poems of Samuel Johnson and Oliver Goldsmith (1970) — Forfatter — 3 eksemplarer
New essays (1969) 3 eksemplarer
Selected works 3 eksemplarer
A prospect of society 2 eksemplarer
Dalziels' Illustrated Goldsmith (2011) 2 eksemplarer
Goldsmith's Comedies — Forfatter — 2 eksemplarer
Poems and Essays 2 eksemplarer
Viocre Wakefield 1 eksemplar
Viocáire Wakefield 1 eksemplar
Collected works 1 eksemplar
Wakefield Papazı 1 eksemplar
Pleban z Wakefieldu 1 eksemplar
Essays on Goldsmith (1935) 1 eksemplar
She Stoops To Conquer (1932) 1 eksemplar
Goldsmith's Natural history (1838) 1 eksemplar
Good Two Shoes 1 eksemplar
The Bee 1 eksemplar
Poems and Plays 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms (2000) — Bidragyder — 1,250 eksemplarer
English Poetry, Volume II: From Collins to Fitzgerald (1910) — Bidragyder — 489 eksemplarer
75 Short Masterpieces: Stories from the World's Literature (1961) — Bidragyder — 296 eksemplarer
A Book of English Essays (1942) — Bidragyder — 240 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Irish Verse (1981) — Bidragyder — 193 eksemplarer
Eighteenth-Century English Literature (1969) — Forfatter — 186 eksemplarer
The Penguin Book of Irish Fiction (1999) — Bidragyder — 149 eksemplarer
Twelve Famous Plays of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (1933) — Bidragyder — 139 eksemplarer
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Bidragyder — 113 eksemplarer
British Dramatists from Dryden to Sheridan (1939) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver91 eksemplarer
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Bidragyder — 72 eksemplarer
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Bidragyder — 66 eksemplarer
Ride a-Cock-Horse and Other Rhymes and Stories (8-in-1) (1995)nogle udgaver44 eksemplarer
Elegy written in a country churchyard and other poems (2009) — Bidragyder — 42 eksemplarer
Charlotte Temple [Norton Critical Edition] (2010) — Bidragyder — 42 eksemplarer
Six Eighteenth-Century Plays (1963) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
The Genius of the Later English Theater (1962) — Bidragyder — 36 eksemplarer
Masters of British Literature, Volume A (2007) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Great English Short Stories (1930) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
AQA Anthology (2002) — Forfatter, nogle udgaver19 eksemplarer
Ellery Queen's Poetic Justice (1967) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver18 eksemplarer
Law in Action: An Anthology of the Law in Literature (1947) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Graphic Classics: Canine/Feline Classics (2014) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer
Englische Essays aus drei Jahrhunderten (1980) — Bidragyder — 10 eksemplarer
The Works of Voltaire, Volume I. Introduction. Candide. (2012) — Bidragyder — 7 eksemplarer
Famous stories of five centuries (1934) — Bidragyder — 4 eksemplarer
Selected Stories of Great Authors — Bidragyder — 3 eksemplarer
Tales of Two Countries (1955) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer

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Wildly popular satirical novel of the Victorian era. Probably best left to students/devotees of the literature of the era, because who else would really care about a satire of the pop novel of the time? Yet it can still be read with some enjoyment today, with similarities to the Book of Job and to Voltaire's Candide noted, and a sense of why this was one of Dickens's favorite novels.

The first half seems considerably stronger than the second; it possesses a light tone and some quite comic scenes poking fun at the characters - one involving a commissioned painting of the "humble" family is pure gold. The second half however swings wildly about, with long harangues on the political merits of monarchy and the problem of prison reform seeming like they were shoved in from elsewhere to bulk up the book, before the soap opera-ish grand finale in a prison cell, where a disguise is removed, one thought dead is returned, a love thought lost is restored, a villain receives his comeuppance, yada yada yada.

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lelandleslie | 8 andre anmeldelser | Feb 24, 2024 |
Three and a half stars. The second half was better than the first -- after the first half, the influence on Little Women became quite clear to me.
What I like about this book is that it invites the reader to reflect on the possibility of happiness in extremely difficult circumstances, just like War and Peace does.
 
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jd7h | 8 andre anmeldelser | Feb 18, 2024 |
4.5*
2020 reread - just what I needed today!
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2016 reread:
I still think that this play needs to be seen to fully appreciate it but I liked this audiobook recording of a live performance. It was easier to listen to this time (I have had more practice!) and thus I found it even funnier than when I heard it a few years ago.
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May 2014 review
4.5 stars. This full cast audiobook was a fun way to revisit one of my favorite Restoration comedies. However, I did find that some of the humor was a bit harder to visualize listening rather than reading.… (mere)
 
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