The Vicar of Wakefield

The Vicar of Wakefield

Book - 1986
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When Dr Primrose loses his fortune in a disastrous investment, his idyllic life in the country is shattered and he is forced to move with his wife and six children to an impoverished living on the estate of Squire Thornhill. Taking to the road in pursuit of his daughter, who has been seduced by the rakish Squire, the beleaguered Primrose becomes embroiled in a series of misadventures - encountering his long-lost son in a travelling theatre company and even spending time in a debtor's prison. Yet Primrose, though hampered by his unworldliness and pride, is sustained by his unwavering religious faith. In The Vicar of Wakefield, Goldsmith gently mocks many of the literary conventions of his day - from pastoral and romance to the picaresque - infusing his story of a hapless clergyman with warm humour and amiable social satire.

Publisher: London, England ; New York, N.Y., USA : Penguin Books, 1986
ISBN: 9780140431599
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Coote, Stephen.


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Oct 25, 2016

Later 18th century novel. Relatively lighthearted moralizing tale of true character. Nothing modern about the improbable storyline or denouement so don't bother if you don't like old fashioned prose and dictation. Worth reading if you are interested.


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