His famous novel The
Vicar of Wakefield was published in 1776 and
his famous stage play She Stoops to Conquer first
performed in 1773.
In 1761 Goldsmith met, and became friends with,
Dr. Samuel Johnson and was one
of the original members of Johnson's Club. Boswell relates
many anecdotes about Goldsmith in his celebrated Life
As a man, Goldsmith was notorious for his
financial ineptitude, his expensive taste in clothes and his
wild parties. In 1762 Johnson managed to obtain an
advance on The Vicar of Wakefield for him which
effectively saved him from debtor's prison.
Goldsmith died on the 4th April 1774 of a kidney
infection. He was only 44 years old.
There is also a memorial to him in
Westminster Abbey, erected by members of the Club. The inscription
on it was written
(in Latin) by Samuel Johnson.