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Goldsmith Oliver; The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith

SKU: Goldsmith Oliver AB0310092 $24.95
The Miscellaneous Works of Oliver Goldsmith with an Account of his Life and Writings published by J. Crissy No. 4 Minor Street and Thomas Cowperthwait & Co. No. 253 Market Street Philadelphia in 1838. Edited by Washington Irving. Stereotyped from the Paris Edition. Complete in one volume. Frontispiece portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Engraved by J.B. Longacre. 527 off-white to cream pages with foxing randomly throughout consistent with age. Spotting on engraving and end pages. Pages have marbled edges. Leather covers which are rubbed and worn consistent with age. Spine exhibits leather deterioration flaking and loss from heat or constant direct sun exposure. Author and title are gone. Volume measures: 14.5 cm. x 22.5 cm. (8vo). Oliver Goldsmith (10 November 1728 4 April 1774) was an Anglo-Irish writer poet and physician known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) his pastoral poem The Deserted Village (1770) written in memory of his brother and his plays The Good-Natur traded Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771). He is also thought to have written the classic children trades tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes giving the world that familiar phrase. Perennially in debt and addicted to gambling Goldsmith produced a massive output as a hack writer for the publishers of London but his few painstaking works earned him the company of Samuel Johnson with whom he was a founding member of The Club The combination of his literary work and his dissolute lifestyle led Horace Walpole to give him the epithet inspired idiot During this period he used the pseudonym James Willingtonto publish his 1758 translation of the autobiography of the Huguenot Jean Marteilhe. Goldsmith was described by contemporaries as prone to envy a congenial but impetuous and disorganized personality who once planned to emigrate to America but failed because he missed the boat. His premature death in 1774 may have been partly due to his own misdiagnosis of his kidney infection. Goldsmith was buried in Temple Church. The inscription reads: Here Lies/Oliver Goldsmith