(1728-1774) Irish writer. Oliver Goldsmith is famous for "She Stoops to Conquer," "The Deserted Village," and "The Vicar of Wakefield," but what do you know about his life: growing up in Ireland, his travels through Europe, and his writing career? Read more about his life and works in these books...
1. Life of Oliver Goldsmithby Washington Irving. Fredonia Books. In his preface, Washington Irving writes of the book: "For my own part, I can only regret my shortcomings in what to me is a labor of love; for it is a tribute of gratitude to the memory of an author whose writings were the delight of my childhood, and have been a source of enjoyment to me throughout life..."
by Richard C. Taylor. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. From the publisher: "This study finds in Oliver Goldsmith's early work a compelling narrative of social protest and professional accommodation: the struggle of an anonymous 'hack' with expectations of recognition and fame too unrealistic for survival in a newly forming profession."
by Frank Donoghue. Stanford University Press. From the publisher: "Examining the professional lives of Laurence Sterne, Oliver Goldsmith, Tobias Smollett, and several women authors, the book makes the case that the Reviews in effect constructed the narratives that we would now call literary careers."
4. Selected Writingsby Oliver Goldsmith, John Lucas (Editor). Routledge. From the publisher: "Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), essayist, reviewer, dramatist, novelist, librettist and poet, became one of the most popular authors in that 'age of authors', especially for The Vicar of Wakefield. In this selection of his poetry and prose, John Lucas reconsiders Thackeray's praise of Goldsmith as 'the most beloved of English writers', and reveals him as a more radical, formidable - and Irish - figure..."
5. She Stoops to Conquerby Oliver Goldsmith. Norton. Read one of Goldsmith's greatest works, "She Stoops to Conquer," which was his response to sentimental comedy.
by G.S. Rousseau (Editor). Routledge. This book gathers together critical sources about Oliver Goldsmith, including critical essays, documentary materials, a bibliography, comments on his works, and more.
7. New Essays by Oliver Goldsmith by Oliver Goldsmith, Ronald S. Crane (Editor). Routledge. From the publisher: "A reprinting of Goldsmith's journalistic pieces, which shed fresh light on the origin and meaning of a number of Goldsmith's major works. The essays document Goldsmith's variety of style and intellectual pursuits and his talent as a barometer of current tastes and modes."
8. Oliver Goldsmithby Gordon Campbell, Robert Mack (Editor). Tuttle Publishing. This book is part of the Everyman Poetry Series, and includes a chronology of the life and times of Oliver Goldsmith, details about the author and the editor, an introduction, along with a selection of poems by Oliver Goldsmith.
9. Poetry and the Drama by Oliver Goldsmith. University Press of the Pacific. Famous for works like "She Stoops to Conquer," Oliver Goldsmith is one of the most famous Irish playwrights of the 18th century. Read more of his works.
by J. B. Lyons. DIANE Publishing Company. From the publisher: "This sparkling collection of essays combines literature with science in a delightfully peripatetic excursion through Irish history. It delineates the pioneering 18th-century Limerick surgeon Sylvester OHalloran, his contemporary Oliver Goldsmith MD, Dublins Milton editor Edward Hill, & Sir William Wilde."