The Citizen of the World
Oliver Goldsmith Chiswick, 1819 Widener Library KE 26574 (2)
Oliver Goldsmith’s satirical novel, originally published in 1760, employs as its narrator a fictionalized Chinese philosopher in London, who writes letters home reporting on strange European customs. The China represented here is a utopian construct, employed for the purposes of critique and satire. Enlightenment thinkers often toyed with non-western cultures in this fashion as a lens to gain an outside, exotic, perspective on European society.
(Click image for full-sized reproduction)
Read Goldsmith's The Citizen of the World
Back to Collection