Oliver Goldsmith (1728-74) was born in Ireland. He attended Trinity College, Dublin, before briefly studying medicine in Edinburgh and Leiden. On settling in London (1756) he supported himself partly as a physician, partly as a hack-writer, and partly by borrowing from friends. His The Vicar of Wakefield (1766) has remained a minor classic. The Deserted Village (first published in 1770) touched the chord of nostalgia and  expresses a fear that the destruction of villages and the conversion of land from productive agriculture to ornamental landscape gardens would ruin the peasantry. Beautifully illustrated with mounted colour pictures by W. Lee Hankey.