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THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD by  Illustrated by John Austen  Oliver - Hardcover - 1939 - from Windy Hill Books and Biblio.com

THE VICAR OF WAKEFIELD

by Goldsmith, Oliver, Illustrated by John Austen

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NY: Heritage Club (Heritage Press), 1939. Hard Cover. Near fine in a Very Good slipcase. Spine of book a bit sun faded, else fine, slipcase lightly soiled and moderately sun faded to edges. Priority and/or international shipping on this item will be extra and will be at actual shipping cost..

"The greatest object in the universe, says a certain philosopher, is a good man struggling with adversity." When Dr Primrose loses his fortune in a disastrous investment, his idyllic life in the country is shattered and he is forced to move with his wife and six children to an impoverished living on the estate of Squire Thornhill. Taking to the road in pursuit of his daughter, who has been seduced by the rakish Squire, the beleaguered Primrose becomes embroiled in a series of misadventures – encountering his long-lost son in a travelling theatre company and even spending time in a debtor’s prison. Yet Primrose, though hampered by his unworldliness and pride, is sustained by his unwavering religious faith. In The Vicar of Wakefield , Goldsmith gently mocks many of the literary conventions of his day – from pastoral and romance to the picaresque – infusing his story of a hapless clergyman with warm humour and amiable social satire. In his introduction, Stephen Coote discusses Goldsmith’s eventful life, the literary devices used in the novel, and its central themes of Christianity, justice and the family. This edition also includes a bibliography and notes.




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