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Goldsmith, Oliver

Born: 1730 AD
Died: 1774 AD, at 43 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Authors


1730 - Born in the townland of Pallas, near Ballymahon, County Longford on the 10th of November.

1749 - Goldsmith earned his Bachelor of Arts at Trinity College, Dublin, studying theology and law but never getting as far as ordination. Nevertheless, his name has been given to a new lecture theatre and student accommodation on the Trinity College campus, Goldsmith Hall.

1755-1757 - He also studied at the University of Padua.

1766 - His novel The Vicar of Wakefield.

1770 - His pastoral poem The Deserted Village.

1771-1773 - She Stoops to Conquer.

1774 - He was buried in Temple Church; his deathmay have been partly caused by his own misdiagnosis of his kidney infection. There is a monument to him in the centre of Ballymahon, also in Westminster Abbey with an epitaph written by Samuel Johnson, on the 4th of April.


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