Mounsey, Chris. ‘Oliver Goldsmith and John Newbery’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 149-158.
This article gives an account of London publisher John Newberys business relationship with Oliver Goldsmith. Mounsey considers Newberys dealings with Goldsmith and other authors including Johnson, Smart and Dodd, and refutes John Gingers portrait of Newbery as a Good Samaritan, with whom Goldsmith was fortunate to be associated. On the contrary, an assessment of Newberys business accounts reveals that his authors were low paid, and that Newbery forced them into a position in which they were in debt him. Mounsey concludes that in the eighteenth-century it was common that the newly educated bourgeois writers writing for money had to dance to their publishers tune and their works should be read accordingly. In Goldsmiths case, Newberys influence was so strong that we should, perhaps review the idea that Goldsmiths works genuinely reflect his own views. When Newbery died and Goldsmith moved out of Islington prison, it must have been a joy to him to regain control over his life and work.