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Goldsmith contrasted with George Crabbe by Robert Southey in a letter to J. Neville White, 30 September 1808

As the life of poor Oliver Goldsmith was now fast approaching to its period ...

By the end of the first decade of the nineteenth century critics such as Southey were turning away from anecdotal gossip about Goldsmith, and attempting to view him in relation to other authors. Southey (1774-1843), for a long time interested in George Crabbe's (1754-1832) poems, here compares and contrasts the two poets.