Oliver Goldsmith (Canadian poet)

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Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith (1794–1861) was a Canadian poet born in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. He is best known for The Rising Village, which appeared in 1825. It was at once the first book-length poem published by a native English-Canadian and the first book-length publication in England by a Canadian poet.[1] Furthermore, his Autobiography is the first autobiography of a native Canadian writer.[2] He is not to be confused with his great-uncle Oliver Goldsmith, to whose celebrated poem The Deserted Village The Rising Village is a response.

In 1944 his name was added by the Canadian Government to its list of Persons of National Historic Significance.[3]

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  1. ^ Gerald Lynch, Introduction to The Rising Village, Canadian Poetry Press, UWO, Web, Apr. 13, 2011.
  2. ^ Lorne Pierce's Foreword to The Autobiography of Oliver Goldsmith, ed. Wilfrid E. Myatt (Toronto: Ryerson, 1943)
  3. ^ "Oliver Goldsmith - National Historic Person". Waymarking.com. Retrieved April 13, 2011.

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