Author:Oliver Goldsmith

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Oliver Goldsmith

Irish writer, poet and physician; best known for his novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1766), his pastoral poem "The Deserted Village" (1770), and his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to Conquer (1771, first performed in 1773). He is thought to have written the classic children's tale The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765).

Oliver Goldsmith


  • Enquiry into the Present State of Polite Learning in Europe (1759)
  • The Bee; being essays on the most interesting subjects (1759), eight weekly essays, 6 Oct0ber. to 24 November.
  • History of Mecklenburgh (1762)
  • The Mystery Revealed, containing a series of transactions and authentic testimonials respecting the supposed Cock Lane Ghost, 1742 (1762)
  • The Citizen of the World; or Letters from a Chinese Philosopher residing in London to his Friends in the East (1762), in 2 vols. vol 1, vol 2
  • The Martial Review: or, a General History of the Late Wars (1763) external source
  • A History of England in a series of Letters from a Nobleman to his Son (1764), in 2 vols. vol 1, vol 2
  • Essays (collected from ‘The Bee,’ &c.) (1765) (external scan)
  • The Roman History from the Foundation of the City of Rome to the Destruction of the Roman Empire (1769), in 2 vols. external source
  • The History of England: From the Earliest Times to the Death of George II. (1771), in 4 vols. vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4
  • The Grecian History: From the Earliest State to the Death of Alexander the Great (1774) in 2 vols. vol 1
  • History of the Earth and Animated Nature (1774), in 8 vols. (external scan)
  • A Survey of Experimental Philosophy considered in its Present State of Improvement (1776), in 2 vols.
  • Essays and criticisms: by Dr. Goldsmith; with an account of the author (1798), in 3 vols. external source





  • Life of Richard Nash, of Bath, Esquire (1762) (external scan)
  • The Life of Thomas Parnell, compiled from original papers and memoirs (1770)
  • Life of Henry St. John, Lord Viscount Bolingbroke (1770)


  • Memoirs of a Protestant condemned to the Galleys (1758) by Jean Marteilhe, in 2 vols. vol. 1
  • Concise History of Philosophy (1766) by Formey
  • Comic Romance (1776) by Paul Scarron, in 2 vols.

As editor[edit]

  • The Beauties of English Poesy (1767), in 2 vols. vol. 1, vol. 2
  • Poems for Young Ladies: In Three Parts: Devotional, Moral, and Entertaining (1770)


Works about Goldsmith[edit]

On his works[edit]

Some or all works by this author were published before January 1, 1928, and are in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago. Translations or editions published later may be copyrighted. Posthumous works may be copyrighted based on how long they have been published in certain countries and areas.