“The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes” is a children's story published by John Newbery in London in 1765, but original author of the story remains unknown certainly. It is considered, that three person could theoretically be the author of the fairy-tale: Oliver Goldsmith, an Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright and poet, John Newbery, the publisher of popular children's literature, and his friend Giles Jones. There are many opinions on that score; anyway, the question of authorship is still opened nowadays.
“Goody Two-Shoes” is a variation of the Cinderella story. The fable tells of Goody Two-Shoes, the nickname of a poor, but honest and kind orphan girl named Margery Meanwell, who goes through life with only one shoe. When a rich gentleman gives her a complete pair, she is so happy that she tells everyone she has "two shoes". Later, Margery becomes a teacher and marries a rich widower.
The story popularized the phrase "goody two-shoes", often used to describe an excessively do-gooder person. The theme of virtuousness that will be rewarded afterwards, became a popular in literature favoured to children's moral growth. Enjoy the reading!