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The Vicar of Wakefield; Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

The Vicar of Wakefield; Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

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The Vicar of Wakefield; Illustrated by Arthur Rackham

by Goldsmith, Oliver

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Philadelphia: David McKay Company, 1929. First Edition Thus. Cloth. Near fine. First edition of Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.. Quarto, 231pp. [1]. Blue cloth, title stamped in gilt on cover and spine. Top edge gilt, illustrated endpapers. Solid text block, faint wear to corners, light toning to hinges, a near fine example. Complete with 12 full-page color illustrations by Arthur Rackham, including frontispiece. Lacking dust jacket. Oliver Goldsmith's (1728-1774) The Vicar of Wakefield was widely recognized due to its popularity amongst Victorians. It has since been referenced in other famous novels, including Austen's Emma, Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, and Alcott's Little Women.

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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; Illustrated by Arthur Rackham
Author
Goldsmith, Oliver
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First edition of Oliver Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield, illustrated by Arthur Rackham.
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Cloth
Book Condition
Used - Near Fine
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Edition
First Edition Thus
Publisher
David McKay Company
Place of Publication
Philadelphia
Date Published
1929
Keywords
first edition Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield, poetical works goldsmith, the works of oliver goldsmith, arthur rackham, moral lectures goldsmith,

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