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Life of Oliver Goldsmith

By Irving, Washington

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Book Id: WPLBN0000581189
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Title: Life of Oliver Goldsmith  
Author: Irving, Washington
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Children's literature, Children's fiction
Collections: Children's Literature Collection
Historic
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Publisher: World Public Library Association

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Irving, W. (n.d.). Life of Oliver Goldsmith. Retrieved from http://cn.worldlibrary.net/


Excerpt
Excerpt: IN the course of a revised edition of my works I have come to a biographical sketch of Goldsmith, published several years since. It was written hastily, as introductory to a selection from his writings; and, though the facts contained in it were collected from various sources, I was chiefly indebted for them to the voluminous work of Mr. James Prior, who had collected and collated the most minute particulars of the poet's history with unwearied research and scrupulous fidelity; but had rendered them, as I thought, in a form too cumbrous and overlaid with details and disquisitions, and matters uninteresting to the general reader. When I was about of late to revise my biographical sketch, preparatory to republication, a volume was put into my hands, recently given to the public by Mr. John Forster, of the Inner Temple, who, likewise availing himself of the labors of the indefatigable Prior, and of a few new lights since evolved, has produced a biography of the poet, executed with a spirit, a feeling, a grace and an eloquence, that leave nothing to be desired. Indeed it would have been presumption in me to undertake the subject after it had been thus felicitously treated, did 1 not stand committed by my previous sketch. That sketch now appeared too meager and insufficient to satisfy public demand; yet it had to take its place in the revised series of my works unless something more satisfactory could be substituted. Under these circumstances I have again taken up the subject, and gone into it with more fullness than formerly, omitting none of the facts which 1 considered illustrative of the life and character of the poet, and giving them in as graphic a style as I could command. Still the hurried manner in which I have had to do this amidst the pressure of other claims on my attention, and with the press dogging at my heels, has prevented me from giving some parts of the subject the thorough...

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: P1S1 -- PREFACE 3 -- CHAPTER I -- Birth and Parentage Characteristics of the Goldsmith Race Poetical Birthplace -- Goblin Houae Scenes of Boyhood Lissoy Picture of a Country Parson -- Goldsmith's Schoolmistress Byrne, the Village Schoolmaster Goldsmith's -- Hornpipe and Epigram Uncle Contariue School Studies and School Sports -- Mistakes of a Night -- ' --, 11 -- CHAPTER H -- Improvident Marriages In the Goldsmith Family Goldsmith at the University -- Situation of a Slzer Tyranny of Wilder, the Tutor Pecuniary Straits -- Street Ballads College Riot Gallows Walsh College Prize A Dance Interrupted -- 20 -- CHAPTER in -- Goldsmith rejected by the Bishop Second Sally to see the World Takes Pasgage -- for America Ship sails without him Return on Fiddle-Back A Hospitable -- Friend The Couueellor 80 -- CHAPTER IV -- Sallies forth as a Law Student Stumbles at the Outset Cousin Jane and the -- Valentine A Family Oracle Sallies forth as a Student of Medicine Hocuspocus -- of a Boarding-House Transformations of a Leg of Mutton The Mock -- Ghost Sketches of Scotland Trials of Toryism A Poet's Purse for a Continental -- Tour 86 -- CHAPTER V -- The Agreeable Fellow-Passengers Risks from Friends picked up by the Wayside -- Sketches of Holland and the Dutch Shifts while a Poor Student at Leyden -- The Tulip Speculation The Provident Flute Sojourn at Paris Sketch of -- Voltaire Travelling Shifts of a Philosophic Vagabond 44


 
 



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