Oliver Goldsmith 1728-1774
Oliver Goldsmith was born in Ireland, the son of an Anglican clergyman. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. After briefly studying medicine at the universities of Edinburgh and Leiden, he travelled through France, Switzerland, and Italy, supporting himself by flute playing.
On arrival in London in 1756 he worked variously as a tutor, medical assistant, and magazine contributor whilst developing his talents as a poet, playwright, and novelist. His writing was greatly admired by literary contemporaries such as Samuel Johnson but his general behaviour was regarded as irresponsible and immature. Johnson wrote of him "No man was more foolish when he had not a pen in his hand, or more wise when he had.". He died prematurely of kidney disease in 1774.
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