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Published: 15 December 2008

256 Pages

ISBN: 9780199537549

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The Vicar of Wakefield

New Edition

Oliver Goldsmith
Edited by the late Arthur Friedman and Robert L. Mack

Oxford World's Classics

  • Goldsmith's famous novel, which includes the song 'When lovely woman stoops to folly', remains one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth-century fiction, enjoyed by general readers as well as students of literature.
  • The new introduction by Robert L. Mack examines the reasons for its popularity, and the critical debates over an apparently straightforward novel of sentiment that has also been read as a satire on the social and economic inequalities of the period, and the very literary conventions and morality it seems to embody.
  • New, up-to-date bibliography and expanded notes.
  • Reprints Arthur Friedman's authoritative Oxford English Novels text of the corrected first edition of 1766.