The first edition of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith in almost a century was recently launched by the Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin, Mary Robinson, in the LongTrinity College Dublin Room of the Old Library.

The new publication, edited by Trinity’s Dr David O’Shaughnessy and Professor Michael Griffin, University of Limerick, is the first comprehensive collection of the letters of Oliver Goldsmith since 1929.

The publication sets the author of The Vicar of WakefieldThe Deserted Village, and She Stoops to Conquer in a rich context, showing how Goldsmith’s Irish identity was marked and complicated by cosmopolitan ambition. The publication comprises freshly transcribed letters which are accompanied by comprehensive information setting them in their biographical and literary context.

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