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The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Oliver Goldsmith

The Cambridge Edition of the Letters of Oliver Goldsmith

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  • Publication planned for: June 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107093539

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  • This first modern scholarly edition of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith (1728–1774), a major writer and literary figure of his time, sets the author of The Vicar of Wakefield, The Deserted Village, and She Stoops to Conquer, in a rich context, showing how Goldsmith's Irish identity was marked and complicated by a rich sense of cosmopolitan ambition. He was at the very heart of Grub Street culture and the Georgian theatre, and was a founding member of Dr Johnson's Literary Club; his circle included Edmund Burke, Joshua Reynolds, David Garrick, George Colman and Hester Piozzi. Containing a detailed and extensive introduction and notes, this edition is essential to those wishing to know more about Goldsmith the man and the writer, and provides a rich and suggestive nexus for understanding the cultural cross-currents of the literary Enlightenment in eighteenth-century London.

    • The first comprehensive collection of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith since 1929
    • The letters are freshly transcribed, and accompanied by comprehensive information setting them in their biographical and literary context
    • The volume presents new information about Goldsmith's circle, including Samuel Johnson, Joshua Reynolds and David Garrick
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107093539
    • dimensions: 216 x 138 mm
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from June 2018
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    List of abbreviations
    A note on the edition
    Chronology of Goldsmith's life and works
    The letters

  • Author

    Oliver Goldsmith


    Michael Griffin, University of Limerick
    Michael Griffin is a senior lecturer in English Literature at the University of Limerick. He is the author of Enlightenment in Ruins: The Geographies of Oliver Goldsmith (2013). He has also edited The Selected Writings of Thomas Dermody (2012), and The Collected Works of Laurence Whyte (2016).

    David O'Shaughnessy, Trinity College, Dublin
    David O'Shaughnessy is a assistant professor in English at Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of William Godwin and the Theatre (2010) and editor of a complementary edition of Godwin's plays. With Mark Philp and Victoria Myers, he has also edited Godwin's diary. He has edited a special issue of Eighteenth-Century Life (2015) on the London Irish of the eighteenth century.

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