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Patricia Willis <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 20 Mar 1998 09:32:03 -0500
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Here's Jack Bookworm. Moore might have had a copy of Goldsmith's poems (a
search on RLIN would tell you if she had one in her last library) or she
might have found it in a miscellany such as this:
        Beauties of British Poetry. Selected by Sidney Melmoth, Esq.
Huddersfield and London, 1801. Oliver Goldsmith's "The Double
Transformation, " pp, 282-285 begins:
Secluded from domestic strife,
Jack Book-worm led a college life;
A fellowship at twenty-five
Made him the happiest man alive;
He drank his glass, and crack'd his joke,
And freshmen wond'red as he spoke.
Such pleasures, unallay'd with care,
Could any accident impair?
Could Cupid's shaft at length transfix
Our swain, arriv'd at thirty-six?
[In fact, Jack succumbs to a woman who, after a struggle, makes him a fine
wife. MM would have appreciated the editor's surname.]
At 07:51 PM 3/19/98 -0800, you wrote:
>At 06:58 PM 3/19/98 -0500, you wrote:
>>this is most certainly off the topic, but i'm in desparate need of an
>>expert on Marianne Moore.  i'm writing an essay on her poem "the student"
>>and am curious about the following line's origin:
>>"Jack Bookworm led a college life, says Goldsmith."
>>now who's Goldsmith?  She gives us an apparent source in the footnotes
>>(Goldsmith's The Double Transformation) but i can't seem to find that
>>publication anywhere.  any suggestions?
>sounds like Oliver to me...him of She Stoops to Conquer & the Vicar of
>Wakefield fame?
Patricia C. Willis
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