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Oliver Goldsmith, a Biography (Volume 6) (Paperback) Loot Price: R405
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Oliver Goldsmith, a Biography (Volume 6) (Paperback): Washington Irving
Oliver Goldsmith, a Biography (Volume 6) (Paperback): Washington Irving

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Oliver Goldsmith, a Biography (Volume 6) (Paperback)

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (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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Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Washington Irving
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 5mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 96
ISBN-13: 978-1-154-00868-5
Barcode: 9781154008685
Categories: Books
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LSN: 1-154-00868-1

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