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Book launch: The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith

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The Letters of Oliver Goldsmith was recently launched by the Chancellor of Trinity College Dublin and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, in the Long Room of the Old Library at Trinity, Goldsmith’s alma mater.

The new publication, edited by Professor Michael Griffin, School of English, Irish and Communication at UL and Dr David O’Shaughnessy of the English department at Trinity College Dublin is the first comprehensive edition of the Goldsmith’s letters since 1928.

In her address, Mrs Robinson commented on the ways in which the edition recreated and re-contextualised the realities of London life for Irish migrants in the mid eighteenth century:

“The letters revealed that life could be incredibly difficult and lonely on first arrival”, remarked Mrs Robinson, “but they also give a clear sense of the rich possibilities of London life for ambitious and talented Irish people such as Goldsmith”.

 

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