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Written by Mandy N
(5/3/2005 11:11 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, I agree with your other hand ;-), penned by LaurieC
Well, here's alittle on Goldsmith.
I wonder if The Vicar of Wakefield was semi-autobiograhphical or if Goldsmith at least drew on aspects of his own life.
When Goldmith lived in London, he was an apothecary's assistant. He was frequently in debt and had masive output as a hack writer for LOndon publishers.
Samuel Johnson, the lexicograhper, critic, essayist and critic became a friend of Goldsmith.
If Dr Johnson felt Goldsmith had potential, he may've encouraged him to use his talent to attempt a serious novel such as The Vicar of Wakefield (1766).
Dr Johnson wrote an ephitaph to Samuel Goldsmith on his monument in Westminister Abbey.
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