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The Vicar of Wakefield

Oliver Goldsmith

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The Vicar of Wakefield is a satirical story by Anglo-Irish novelist Oliver Goldsmith, first published in 1766. The plot follows Dr. Charles Primrose, a vicar who lives in a country parish with his wife and children in a perfect existence. However, all that changes when Primrose loses all his wealth and his family end up moving to another parish owned by Squire Thornhill, a womaniser with a dubious reputation. In a seeming analogy to Job in the Bible, the vicar goes through some terrible times, including his son moving away, his daughter's apparent death, and their house burning down. Extremely popular in Victorian society, The Vicar of Wakefield is mentioned in many other novels, including George Eliot's Middlemarch, Jane Austen's Emma, Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Charlotte Brontë's The Professor and Villette, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther.

This book has 103 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1766.

Production notes: This e-book of The Vicar of Wakefield was published by Global Grey on the 6th April 2022. The artwork used for the cover is 'Measuring Heights' by William Powell Frith.

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