The Vicar of Wakefield

The Vicar of Wakefield

Book - 1908
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Rich with wisdom and gentle irony, Oliver Goldsmith's only novel is a charming comedy that tells of an unworldly and generous vicar who lives contentedly with his large family until disaster strikes. When his idyllic life is brutally interrupted by bankruptcy and his daughter's abduction, he lands in prison. Yet these misfortunes fail to dampen the vicar's spirit or cause him to lose sight of Christian morality. A delightful lampoon of such literary conventions of the day as pastoral scenes, artificial romance, and the hero's stoic bravery, The Vicar of Wakefield has remained a classic since it was first published in 1766. Book jacket.
Publisher: London : Dent ; New York : Dutton, 1908
ISBN: 9780460002950
Characteristics: xiv, 222 p. --


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May 28, 2019

This is one vicar who has not been naughty! Really dry, kinda class English novel from the 18th century. Goldsmith also wrote the play "She Stoops to Conquer."

Oct 25, 2016

Later 18th century novel. Relatively lighthearted moralizing tale of true character. Nothing modern about the improbable storyline or denouement so don't bother if you don't like old fashioned prose and dictation. Worth reading if you are interested.

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