Goldsmith's Animated Nature: A Study of Goldsmith

Goldsmith's Animated Nature: A Study of Goldsmith

Goldsmith's Animated Nature: A Study of Goldsmith

Goldsmith's Animated Nature: A Study of Goldsmith

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This book is primarily a study of Goldsmith, in which Animated Nature is merely a tool; but, since Animated Nature is so little known, I have, as often as possible, used quotations to make my points; moreover, such facts as I have collected serve, I believe, to place it in a light somewhat different from that in which the casual comments of Goldsmith's critics have usually set it. The concentration of emphasis upon Goldsmith, rather than upon his book, has made it necessary to place the detailed consideration of the sources in an appendix.

All references, unless otherwise noted, are to volume and page. Those without a preceding title refer to the first edition (1774) of Animated Nature. 'Prior' is James Prior Life of Oliver Goldsmith, London, 1837; 'Boswell, Life,' is Hill's edition of Boswell Life of Johnson; 'Works' signifies J. W. M. Gibbs' five-volume edition (Bohn Library), London, 1881-86.

I owe especial thanks to Professor Chauncey B. Tinker for suggesting this study to me, for allowing me to use his unpublished edition of Boswell's letters, and for much other help and suggestion. Permission to use the newly discovered portrait of Goldsmith by Benjamin West has been most kindly granted by the Ehrich Galleries, of New York City. Finally, I am particularly grateful to Professor Albert Stanburrough Cook for his aid during the printing of the book.

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