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The Vicar of Wakefield

Oliver Goldsmith

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Published in 1766 'The Vicar of Wakefield' was Oliver Goldsmith's only novel. It was thought to have been sold to the publisher for £60 on Oliver Goldsmith's behalf by Dr Johnson to enable Goldsmith to pay off outstanding rent and to release himself from his landlady's arrest. It is the story of the family of Dr Primrose, a benevolent vicar, and follows them through their fall from fortune and their ultimate rise again. The story provides insight into family life and circumstances in the mid 18th century and the plot has many aspects of a pantomime like quality: Impersonation, deception, an aristocratic villain and the abduction of a beautiful heroine. Goldsmith himself dissipated his savings on gambling whilst a student at Trinity College Dublin and subsequently travelled in Europe sustaining himself by playing the flute and disputing doctrinal matters in monasteries and universities. Later he worked as an apothecary's assistant, a doctor and a school usher (experiences shared in this story by Dr Primrose's son). (Summary by Martin Clifton)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

6h 23m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:14


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:12


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

14:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:00


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:29


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

11:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

09:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

12:48


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:27


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

11:36


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:21


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

17:24


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

30:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

17:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:16


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:09


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

10:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:27


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:57


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

15:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

30:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:32