Smith, Elder and Co.


Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Family and Intimate relationships Harriet Hamilton King
HHK was described by one observer as a delicate woman . . . noble-minded, red-haired and pre-Raphaelite-looking.
Howe, Mark Antony de Wolfe, editor. The Beacon Biographies of Eminent Americans. Small, Maynard, 1899.
One source suggests that her family was in all likelihood pleased to accept almost any husband for...
Friends, Associates Julia Kavanagh
Charlotte Brontë noted that while JK admired the work, she considered the Maniac Mrs Rochester to be shocking.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
Wise, Thomas J., editor. The Brontës. Porcupine Press, 1980.
II: 173
The two women shared a mutual acquaintance in William Smith Williams , a reader...
Friends, Associates Eliza Lynn Linton
People she met at the Laurences' house included Thornton Leigh Hunt (who, with his wife, lived at the Laurences'); Smith Williams , reader for Smith and Elder ; Robert Owen , socialist; Frank Stone ...
Intertextuality and Influence Harriet Martineau
Charlotte Brontë 's publisher, Smith, Elder and Co. , rejected HM 's pro-Catholic novel entitled Oliver Weld, which Charlotte had persuaded her friend to write because of her admiration for Deerbrook.
Martineau, Harriet, and Gaby Weiner. Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography. Virago, 1983.
2: 382
Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. St Martin’s Press, 1994.
Intertextuality and Influence Hannah Mary Rathbone
The Athenæum noted that the first volume was printed and bound in seventeenth-century style so well that had we stumbled on it in some old library, we should have rejoiced over a newly discovered literary...
Literary responses Charlotte Brontë
Rigby also responded to the widespread speculation that Currer Bell was both a woman and a governess with the view that the book she deplores for an inexcusable coarseness of language and laxity of tone...
Material Conditions of Writing Julia Kavanagh
Two years before Nathalie appeared, JK had told Charlotte Brontë that Jane Eyrehad been to her a suggestive book. Reporting this, Brontë added, and I know that suggestive books are valuable to authors.
Wise, Thomas J., editor. The Brontës. Porcupine Press, 1980.
II: 182
Occupation Emily Brontë
Charlotte's account of EB 's response to her discovery of the Gondal poems, and the difficulty she had in persuading Emily to publish, suggests that Emily had no desire to become an author. Of the...
Other Life Event Charlotte Brontë
CB received her third proposal when James Taylor , the managing clerk of Smith, Elder, and Co. , asked her to marry him; she refused.
Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. St Martin’s Press, 1994.
Publishing Jessie White Mario
On 28 November 1862 Smith, Elder and Co. accepted JWM 's pamphlet March on Rome for publication, but it seems not to have been printed.
Daniels, Elizabeth Adams. Jessie White Mario: Risorgimento Revolutionary. Ohio University Press, 1972.
Publishing Katharine Tynan
KT published four novels in 1905, one each in 1906 and 1907, four in every year from 1908 to 1911, and three in each of the next two years. Then after a few years with...
Publishing Elizabeth Gaskell
She was assisted in her research by Julia Wedgwood . By 6 February 1857 she had completed the manuscript, which had cost her £100 for research and travel. Unlike the manuscripts of her novels, it...
Publishing Mary Augusta Ward
The cheap (6-shilling) single-volume edition of MAW 's novel Marcella appeared from Smith, Elder ; it helped to sink the three-volume format.
Sutherland, John. Mrs. Humphry Ward. Clarendon Press, 1990.
Publishing Elizabeth Gaskell
Strained in her relationship with Dickens , and despite not entirely easy relations with Thackeray , EG placed Curious if True in the first issue of Thackeray's new Cornhill Magazine in February 1860.
Some pressure...
Publishing Mary Augusta Ward
Macmillan , which had published Miss Bretherton, would not pay the £250 that MAW requested as an advance for her book, so she switched to Smith, Elder .
Sutherland, John. Mrs. Humphry Ward. Clarendon Press, 1990.


November 1896
The Publishers Council objected to series such as Popular New Novels, The Masterpiece Library, and the Review of Reviews, all of which published abridgements of popular novels and were edited by W. T. Stead .
John Murray (publishers of Isabella Bird and later Freya Stark ) took over Smith, Elder (publishers of Charlotte Brontë , Charlotte Chanter , and Queen Victoria ).