The Good-Natur'd Man

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William Powell Frith: Mr Honeywell introduces the bailiffs to Miss Richland as his friends, 1850

The Good-Natur'd Man is a play written by Oliver Goldsmith in 1768. The play was written in the form of a comedy and staged at the Covent Garden Theatre. It was a middling success for Goldsmith, and the printed version of the play became popular with the reading public. It was released at the same time as Hugh Kelly's False Delicacy was staged at Drury Lane Theatre and the two plays went head to head with Kelly's proving the more popular.[1] Garrick rejected The Good-Natur'd Man, possibly because the story is an antidote of False Delicasy. [2]


  1. ^ Sherbune & Bond p.1041
  2. ^ Thomson p.139


  • Sherburne, George and Bond, Donald F. A Literary History of England, Volume III: The Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1967.
  • Thomson, Peter. The Cambridge Introduction to English Theatre, 1660-1900. Cambridge University Press, 2006.

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