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The Vicar of Wakefield
by Oliver Goldsmith | Literature & Fiction
Registered by cyber-librarian of Cary, North Carolina USA on 8/27/2003
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I bought this book a couple of Saturdays ago (8/16) at McHenry, IL ... Friends of the Library book sale for 50 cents.

c. 1964 -- 263 pages -- Paperback -- Bantam Classic -- New Amplified Edition -- Enriched with 18th-century background materials, notes, modern critical commentaries, and an Introduction by Robert Donald Spector

Back Cover: This enriched edition of "The Vicar of Wakefield" contains a number of features intended to increase the enjoyment and understanding of modern readers and students. In addition to the complete text of and novel and a penetrating introduction, it includes a fascinating collection of essays on the manners and morals of Goldsmith's age, as well as a selection of the best modern critical commentaries.

Almost everyone has seen or read "She Stoops to Conquer," Oliver Goldsmith's great comic play. Less well known, but equally brilliant, is Goldsmith's only novel, "The Vicar of Wakefield."

It concerns the trials and tribulations of a proverbially "good man," appropriately named Dr. Primrose. He is victimized by swindlers, betrayed by his daughter, and viciously slandered. His home burns down, and he is thrown into debtors' prison. Somehow, through it all, he remains convinced that goodness will prevail.

As Goldsmith narrates this story, it is sad, sentimental, and even farcical. The classic novel of the perils of innocence in a corrupt world. 

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