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(without typos) from the publisher. 1868. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... CHAPTER XXX. Death of Goldsmith's Mother. -- Biography of
Parnell. -- Agreement with Davies for the History of Rome. -- Life
of Bolingbroke. -- The Haunch of Venison. jN his return to England,
Goldsmith received the melancholy tidings of the death of his
mother. Notwithstanding the fame as an author to which he had
attained, she seems to have been disappointed in her early
expectations from him. Like others of his family, she had been more
vexed by his early follies than pleased by his proofs of genius;
and in subsequent years, when he had risen to fame and to
intercourse with the great, had been annoyed at the ignorance of
the world and want of management, which prevented him from pushing
his fortune. He had always, however, been an affectionate son, and
in the latter years of her life, when she had become blind,
contributed from his precarious resources to prevent her from
feeling want. He now resumed the labors of the pen, which his
recent excursion to Paris rendered doubly necessary. We should have
mentioned a " Life of Parnell," published by him shortly after the
"Deserted Village." It was, as usual, a piece of job-work, hastily
got up for pocket-money. Johnson spoke slightingly of it, and the
author himself thought proper to apologize for its meagreness, --
yet, in so doing, used a simile, which for beauty of imagery and
felicity of language is enough of itself to stamp a value upon the
essay. "Such," says he, "is the very unpoetical detail of the life
of a poet. Some dates and some few facts, scarcely more interesting
than those that make the ornaments of a country tombstone, are all
that remain of one whose labors now begin to excite universal
curiosity. A poet, while living, is seldom an object sufficiently
great to attract much attention; his real meri...
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