A Letter from Oliver Goldsmith

She Stoops to Conquer was originally rejected by both Covent Garden and Drury Lane theaters because it didn’t conform to the theatrical fashion (for sentimental comedy and melodrama) of the times. Covent Garden Theatre’s manager, George Coleman, was persuaded by Goldsmith’s creditable friend Samuel Johnson (the poet and playwright). Below is a copy of the thank you letter Goldsmith wrote to Samuel Johnson.

 

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