By Goldsmith, a collection of 119 letters purporting to be written by or to an imaginary philosophic Chinaman, Lien Chi Altangi, residing in London. They first appeared as Chinese Letters in Newbery's Public Ledger (1760–1) and were republished under the above title in 1762.
They are a series of whimsical or satirical comments on English life and manners, with character sketches and episodes strung on a slender thread of narrative. The best‐known character sketches are those of the ‘Man in Black’, a covert philanthropist, and ‘Beau’ Tibbs, an affected nonentity who claims acquaintance with the great.
Related content in Oxford Index
Oliver Goldsmith (1730—1774) author