Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774) was born in Ireland. Having studied at Trinity College,
Dublin, he studied medicine at Edinburgh and Leyden after being rejected by the Church of
Ireland. Settling in London, he was writing professionally by 1757 and became a friend of
Johnson. Best known for She Stoops to Conquer, The Vicar of Wakefield is his only novel and
is generally considered his finest work.