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The Vicar of Wakefield

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The Vicar of Wakefield

by Goldsmith, Oliver; Prefatory Memoir by George Saintsbury

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John C. Nimmo, London, 1889. Hardcover. Fine. "Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction. It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family, presided over by the benevolent vicar, the narrator of a fairy-tale plot of impersonation and deception, the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the machinations of an aristocratic villain. By turns comic and sentimental, the novel's popularity owes much to its recognizable depiction of domestic life and loving family relationships." [Pub. Info] Full maroon leather, marbled end pages, gold leaf on top, middle and bottom edges; gold tooling on the cover. Minor wear along hinge (front and back covers) more pronounced on the front hinge; minor wear to extremities. 114 colored illustrations. Bright and clean pages. The book is in Fine condition. A deluxe and beautiful edition. 1ST THUS.

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"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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Title
The Vicar of Wakefield
Author
Goldsmith, Oliver; Prefatory Memoir by George Saintsbury
Format/binding
Hardcover
Book condition
Used - Fine
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Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
John C. Nimmo, London
Date published
1889
Keywords
18th century Irish; writer; sentimental novel, satire
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