The Vicar of Wakefield

Version: Unabridged
Author: Oliver Goldsmith
Narrator: David Thorn
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2006
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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The story opens in the country parsonage of Dr. Primrose, a kindly man who has a good heart, a good family, and a good income. Suddenly, his idyllic life is cruelly devastated by a series of misfortunes, and he ends up in prison. Yet, despite all this calamity and injustice, the vicar never loses sight of Christian morality, a conviction which lends him genuine nobility and, in the end, also brings justice and the restoration of his family and fortune.

Through this simple, almost fairy-tale plot, Goldsmith gives us a charming comedy. It is not a novel of sentiment but an artful send-up of many of the familiar literary conventions of his day: the pastoral scene, the artificial romance, the unquestioning stoic bravery of the hero—all culminating, of course, in a gloriously improbable denouement.

Author Details

Author Details

Goldsmith, Oliver

Goldsmith was a playwright, novelist, and poet. He studied eratically at Dublin, tried law at London then medicine at Edinburgh, drifted to Leyden, and returned penniless in 1756. He practiced medicine in London, held several temporary posts, and took up writing and translating.