The Rising Village, with Other Poems. By Oliver Goldsmith, a Descendant of the Author of "The Deserted Village" Oliver GOLDSMITH.
The Rising Village, with Other Poems. By Oliver Goldsmith, a Descendant of the Author of "The Deserted Village".

The Rising Village, with Other Poems. By Oliver Goldsmith, a Descendant of the Author of "The Deserted Village".

Saint John, New Brunswick. Published for the Author by John McMillan. 1834. 1st Edition. Hardcover. 16mo. 14cm, first Canadian edition, 144p., complete with half title, in the original green watered silk, gilt spine titles, expertly restored, all edges gilt, a fine copy thus, rare. (cgc) T.P.L. 1834. Lande 1798. Sabin 27720. Watters p77. - The Canadian edition of a work first published in London in 1825. Oliver Goldsmith was born in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick in 1794 and was the great nephew of Oliver Goldsmith, the English poet. The Rising Village is written in imitation of The Deserted Village. He was Canada's first native-born poet. Except for some time spent travelling, he spent most of his working life in Halifax, where he wrote The Rising Village. Rhodenizer states that his verse is ". noticeably reminiscent of that of his great-uncle, the Irish born English poet". An expanded collection over the London 1825 edition of the title poem. A work of some note in the history of Canadian poetry. Described by Klinck et al (LITERARY HISTORY OF CANADA) as "the first volume of verse ever published in Canada by a native-born Canadian to receive serious attention at the hands of critics and literary historians. The author was the grand nephew of his more famous nam-esake. When the title poem was published in London, he was battered by the inevitable comparisons made by reviewers. This augmented collection was his farewell to versifying. Except for some time spent travelling, most of his working life was spent in Halifax, Hong Kon and Newfoundland, as well as New Brunswick. It was in Halifax that he wrote the The Rising Village Rhodenzier states that his verse is ". noticeably reminiscent of that of his great-uncle." A new edition, edited by Michael Gnarowski, Mont-real. Delta. 1968. 47p., Incorporates textual differences between the London, 1825 edition and the first Canadian edition published in Canada, in 1834. Item #34712

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