Oliver Goldsmith

Standard Name: Goldsmith, Oliver


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Education Dorothy Whipple
As a small child DW loved the Bible. She had a child's bible with illustrations, and was fascinated by stories of Christ's miracles (though a blind man took it badly when she proposed spitting...
Education Harriette Wilson
HW 's story of her education is one of tyranny and resistance. Her worst beating from her father was incurred for obstinacy. Her elder sister Jane (called Diana in her memoirs) was supposed to teach...
Education Roxburghe Lothian
Her mother began teaching her out of Goldsmith 's History of England (1764), started Elizabeth on the piano before she was five, and engaged a Swiss woman to teach her French, but found both her...
Education Anne Brontë
Their later reading drew on a selection of standard texts including Oliver Goldsmith 's History of England, Hannah More 's Moral Sketches, John Bunyan 's Pilgrim's Progress, Isaac Watts 's Doctrine of...
Education Charlotte Brontë
Their education continued at home from a selection of standard texts including Oliver Goldsmith 's History of England, Hannah More 's Moral Sketches, John Bunyan 's Pilgrim's Progress, Isaac Watts 's Doctrine...
Education Emily Brontë
Thereafter, Patrick Brontë educated his remaining children at home, using standard educational texts including Thomas Salmon 's A New Geographical and Historical Grammar, a condensed version of Oliver Goldsmith 's History of England,...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Gilding
Like her, he was a contributor to magazines: a juvenile work by him appeared in the Lady's Magazine in 1775, and he later contributed to the European and other magazines under the name of Fidelio...
Family and Intimate relationships Ellen Johnston
She stoutly rejects Goldsmith 's assertion that a woman who has stooped to folly can only die: I did not, however, feel inclined to die when I could no longer conceal what the world falsely...
Friends, Associates Hester Lynch Piozzi
Other Streatham habitueés were Sir Joshua Reynolds , Arthur Murphy , Edmund Burke , Oliver Goldsmith , Charles Burney , and David Garrick .
Clifford, James L. Hester Lynch Piozzi (Mrs Thrale). Clarendon Press.
Later came the young Frances Burney , who became a...
Friends, Associates Laetitia-Matilda Hawkins
Visitors to her parents' house included Oliver Goldsmith and Samuel Johnson , whom the Hawkins children nicknamed Polyphemus, after the one-eyed giant in the Odyssey.
Hawkins, Laetitia-Matilda. Memoirs, Anecdotes, Facts and Opinions. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, and C. and J. Rivington.
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After Johnson's death, John Hawkins was...
Friends, Associates Samuel Johnson
Johnson had a talent for friendship which he kept well exercised: the names mentioned here represent only a selection of his friendships. His early London friends, whom he met during a comparatively poorly documented period...
Friends, Associates Ellis Cornelia Knight
During her childhood, ECK associated with a variety of celebrated people through her family connections. Her mother was a close friend of painter and writer Frances Reynolds (sister to the more famous painter Sir Joshua Reynolds
Intertextuality and Influence Anna Jane Vardill
Many of AJV 's poems reflect her learning. She incorporated lines of Greek in An Arctic Islander in London (October 1818), and based La Morte d'Arthur (European Magazine 79 (1821): 553-5, with annotations), on...
Intertextuality and Influence Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
The poem is one of exile, owing something to Goldsmith 's The Traveller, combining observation of nature with personal feeling: My weary footsteps hoped for rest in vain, / Steep on steep in rude...
Intertextuality and Influence Maria Edgeworth
Angelina, generally treated as a descendant of Charlotte Lennox 's Female Quixote, shows just how permeable is the boundary between ME 's juvenile and adult fiction. It warns against influence from the wrong...


1705: According to Oliver Goldsmith, Beau Nash...

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According to Oliver Goldsmith , Beau Nash arrived in Bath, whose social life he was to dominate for so long, the same year that the town began its brilliant architectural redesigning.

September 1759-1763: The Hon. Mrs Stanhope issued a periodical...

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September 1759-1763

The Hon. Mrs Stanhope issued a periodical entitled The Lady's Magazine, or polite companion for the fair sex. Its aim was instruction as well as entertainment, and it sometimes strikes a proto-feminist note.

24 January 1760-14 August 1761: The Public Ledger printed Oliver Goldsmith's...

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24 January 1760-14 August 1761

The Public Ledger printed Oliver Goldsmith 's series of essays entitled Letters from a Citizen of the World to his Friends in the East.

26 June 1764: Oliver Goldsmith published his well-known...

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26 June 1764

Oliver Goldsmith published his well-known History of England; it was well reviewed and remained a standard pedagogical text for generations.

1765: The didactic History of Little Goody Two-Shoes...

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The didactic History of Little Goody Two-Shoes was published by John Newbery: the most popular children's book of its period. It had fourteen reprints before 1814.

27 March 1766: Oliver Goldsmith published his single, sentimental-humorous...

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27 March 1766

Oliver Goldsmith published his single, sentimental-humorous novel, The Vicar of Wakefield.

1767: Oliver Goldsmith selected and edited Poems...

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Oliver Goldsmith selected and edited Poems for Young Ladies, dividing it into three sections: Devotional, Moral, and Entertaining.

29 January 1768: The earlier of Oliver Goldsmith's two comedies,...

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29 January 1768

The earlier of Oliver Goldsmith 's two comedies, The Good Natur'd Man, opened at Covent Garden Theatre , where it ran long enough for three author's benefit nights. It was printed the same year.

26 May 1770: Oliver Goldsmith published his best-known...

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26 May 1770

Oliver Goldsmith published his best-known poem, The Deserted Village.

15 March 1773: Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer...

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15 March 1773

Oliver Goldsmith 's She Stoops to Conquer (second of his two comedies) had its first performance.

By 24 December 1881: Lillie Langtry became the first English society...

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By 24 December 1881

Lillie Langtry became the first English society woman to appear professionally on the stage when she played Kate Hardcastle in Goldsmith 's She Stoops to Conquer at the Haymarket Theatre , London.

1905: K. L. Montgomery, the pseudonym for the two...

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K. L. Montgomery , the pseudonym for the two sisters Kathleen and Letitia (who were distantly related to Oliver Goldsmith ), published the contemporary love story Love in the Lists: A Pension Comedy.


Goldsmith, Oliver. Collected Works. Editor Friedman, Arthur, Clarendon, 1966.
Griffith, Elizabeth, and Oliver Goldsmith. Novellettes. Fielding and Walker, 1780.