The Vicar of Wakefield

The Vicar of Wakefield

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Overview

The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140431599
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1982
Series: Penguin Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 310,849
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.51(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774) was born in Ireland. Having studied at Trinity College, Dublin, he studied medicine at Edinburgh and Leyden after being rejected by the Church of Ireland. Settling in London, he was writing professionally by 1757 and became a friend of Johnson. Best known for She Stoops to Conquer, The Vicar of Wakefield is his only novel and is generally considered his finest work.

Stephen Coote was educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge and Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of critical studies of Chaucer, T.S. Eliot and English literature of the Middle Ages, as well as biographies of Byron and William Morris.

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The Vicar Of Wakefield 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delightful tale of the calamities that beset an 18th century English vicar. The story is fast moving and told with wit and humor. The language is archaic but this adds to the charm of the story rather than being an annoyance.
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I like this book pretty well! It is quite interesting actually! I had to read it for school...like it so far!
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I liked this book.
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Byrnie More than 1 year ago
It was a good short read. This copy didn't have that many errors that are found in free copies.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Vicar of Wakefield' is a Humourous, but Sad book. This is the tale of an 18th century Vicar and his family and the hardships they have to face; the deaths int heir family, the kidnappings, the loss of their small fortune are turned into nearly comical insidents with Oliver Goldsmith's language which turns from sarcastic to serious, from sad to angry. It is a truly delightful book and as I read it when I was eleven years of age I would recommend it to anyone of that age and up, but it depends oin your readoing level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I have not yet read "The Vicar of Wakefield." I wanted to sample it before deciding to read it, so I took advantage of the Nook's free sample option to see if this might interest me. Barnes and Noble editions almost always have an introduction from an academic on the significance of the work to be presented. In the case of this novel, the introduction took up the entire sample, and like many of the Barnes and Noble introductions, contained many "plot spoilers" that defeated the purpose of reading the book in the first place. I strongly recommend that B & N make the introductions more along the lines of afterwords and let the sample be a sample of the novel and not some Ivory Tower lecture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No gun scenes very cliche and poor vocabulary misused the word "it" "their" and "butt"- my 4 year old wyniquewah knows better than that- DONT READ UNLESS YOULL DIE IN AN ULTIMATUM WHEN THEY FORCE YOU TO READ IT LIVE LAUGH LOVE