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An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog

Oliver Goldsmith

Book Overview: 

A poem about a man that finds a stray dog and takes him in, however after a while the dog goes mad and starts biting the man and the whole town. In the end one had died, and it was not the man.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .R. Caldecott

By Master
Bill Primrose

Good people all, of every sort,
Give ear unto my song;
And if you find it wondrous short,
It cannot hold you long.
In Islington there lived a man,
Of whom the world might say,
That still a godly race he ran, Whene'er he went to pray. <. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a classic example of witty rhyming story telling. I loved it.

Fun. Lots of illustrations


This book is very short. It is a classic a short classic. I did really enjoy it but had expected it to be a bit longer.

I showed this one to a friend and she just looked foolishly at me, having read it, and said something about it being nothing special as it was only about the dog that died. I couldn't grasp how that was all she could draw from it. I read Maughams The Painted Veil and bought An Elegy since Maugham re

I had to scan this book for the professor that I work for, so I went ahead and read it. It was pretty boring, especially for a children's book. I would have hated being a kid in the 19th century.