The Vicar of Wakefield Summary

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1,259 words, approx. 5 pages
In the following excerpt, Foster discusses Goldsmith's views on morality and sentimentality as expressed in The Vicar of Wakefield. Oliver Goldsmith (1730-74) was not such a strait-laced classi... Read more
3,871 words, approx. 13 pages
In the following essay, Murray contends that ultimately The Vicar of Wakefield concerns the nature of authority and transformation. In his Advertisement to The Vicar of Wakefield, Oliver Goldsmith dec... Read more
5,609 words, approx. 19 pages
In the essay below, Prier argues that Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's novel Die Leiden des jungends Werther was influenced by Goldsmith's The Vicar of Wakefield. "Indeed, pappa,�... Read more
3,453 words, approx. 12 pages
In the essay below, Adelstein argues that the key to understanding The Vicar of Wakefield is recognizing the transformation of Primrose. The overwhelming and continuous popularity of The Vicar of Wake... Read more
3,584 words, approx. 12 pages
In the following essay, first published in 1967 and reprinted in 1987, Paulson argues that Goldsmith creates a new style of novel of manners in the first seventeen chapters of The Vicar of Wakefield. ... Read more
2,049 words, approx. 7 pages
In the essay below, first published in 1974 and reprinted in 1987, Brissenden considers the role of sentimentality in The Vicar of Wakefield. The Reverend Dr. Primrose, Goldsmith's Vicar of Wak... Read more
6,642 words, approx. 23 pages
In the following excerpt, Lehmann explores Goldsmith's use of "Orientalized" interpretations of Job in The Vicar of Wakefield. The editors have included only those footnotes that ... Read more
7,452 words, approx. 25 pages
In the essay below, Hilliard argues that The Vicar of Wakefield is a realistic account of fatherhood and an allegory about sin and redemption. The Vicar's many sanguine remarks on matrimony... Read more
6,134 words, approx. 21 pages
In the essay below, Jefferson argues that in The Vicar of Wakefield, Goldsmith created a form which transformed his writing weaknesses into strengths. In the reassessment of authors that has taken pla... Read more
3,586 words, approx. 12 pages
In the essay below, Taylor discusses the relation of Goldsmith's earlier work "The History of Miss Stanton" with The Vicar of Wakefield. Recent studies of Oliver Goldsmith'... Read more
10,937 words, approx. 37 pages
In the following excerpt, Dixon examines the literary devices Goldsmith employs in The Vicar of Wakefield. As a book reviewer Goldsmith was necessarily a student of title pages. In one of his earliest... Read more