The Vicar of Wakefield

By Oliver Goldsmith
Adapted and produced by Alcazar AudioWorks
Read by David Thorn and a supporting cast

7.23 Hours 01/01/2006 audio theater
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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 in a gloriously improbable dénouement.

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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 in a gloriously improbable dénouement.

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“We return to it again and again, and bless the memory of an author who contrives so well to reconcile us to human nature.” Sir Walter Scott

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Author Bio: Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith (1731–1774), an Irish-born poet, playwright, essayist, and novelist, was noted for his graceful and lively writing style and for being a member of Dr. Samuel Johnson’s literary circle. Among his best known works are The Vicar of Wakefield; The Deserted Village, a pastoral poem; and The Good-Natur’d Man, a play.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 7.23
Audience: Adult
Language: English