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The Citizen of the World, or Letters from a Chines... - a book by Goldsmith, Oliver

The Citizen of the World, or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher

The Citizen of the World, or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher( )
Author: Goldsmith, Oliver
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:Tredition GmbH
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $59.99
Book Details
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5 x 8 x 1.13 Inches
Book Weight:1.39 Pounds
Author Biography
Goldsmith, Oliver (Author)
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. 020

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