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The Vicar of Wakefield. by  Oliver Goldsmith - First Thus - 1890 - from N. G. Lawrie Books. (SKU: 41716)

The Vicar of Wakefield.

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The Vicar of Wakefield.

by Goldsmith, Oliver

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London.: Macmillan & Co., 1890. xxxiv, 305pp, frontis & illustrations by Hugh Thomson, 6pp publisher's adverts at rear. With a Preface by Austin Dobson. Original cloth, gilt titles & decoration. Firm binding, light rubbing, but clean & bright. Internally, all page edges are gilt, endpapers are slightly foxed, otherwise generally clean.. First Thus. Hardcover. Very Good. Illus. by Hugh Thomson.. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall.


"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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The Vicar of Wakefield.
Goldsmith, Oliver
Hugh Thomson.
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First Thus
Macmillan & Co.
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Oliver Goldsmith Novel Hugh Thomson Illustrator.
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12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall

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