Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge


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Literary responses Catherine Gore
Reviews, like that in the Athenæum, were good in the main, and singled out the dialogue for praise even if critical of the character drawing, the plotting, or the level of finish. The Times...
Occupation Henry Peter, Baron Brougham
In 1826 HPBB founded the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and at about the same date played an instrumental role towards the founding of London University . He authored several critical and historical...
Publishing Harriet Martineau
When Lord Brougham became aware of Illustrations of Political Economy, about six months into the series, he solicited HM 's help in promoting pending revisions to the poor laws (which were passed in the...
Publishing Harriet Martineau
HM had been surprised, on encountering Jane Marcet 's Conversations of Political Economy in autumn 1827, to discover that she herself had been teaching political economy unawares in two early stories, The Rioters and The...
Textual Features Dinah Mulock Craik
The narrator is a male invalid named Phineas Fletcher, a descendent of the poet (1582-1650) whose name he shares. He has an intense (at least on his side) homosocial relationship with the title character.
Textual Production Harriet Taylor
In 1833 HT contributed a chapter on the life of William Caxton to Lives of Eminent Persons, a volume published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge .
Taylor, Harriet. The Complete Works of Harriet Taylor Mill. Jacobs, Jo Ellen and Paula Harms PayneEditors , Indiana University Press, 1998.
Textual Production Mary Somerville
On behalf of the Society for Diffusing Useful Knowledge , Henry, Lord Brougham , wrote to MS 's husband to propose that she translate into English the advanced French astronomical mathematics of Laplace 's Méchanique Céleste.
Patterson, Elizabeth Chambers. “Mary Fairfax Greig Somerville (1780-1872)”. Women of Mathematics: A Biobiliographic Sourcebook, edited by Louise S. Grinstein and Paul J. Campbell, Greenwood Press, 1987, pp. 208 - 16.
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Somerville, Mary. Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville. Somerville, MarthaEditor , Roberts Brothers, 1874.
Textual Production Sarah Austin
In the same year SA 's Life of Carsten Niebuhr, which had been previously published in essay form in 1829, appeared in the series Lives of Eminent Persons for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge
Textual Production Harriet Martineau
A four-volume series by HM entitled Poor Laws and Paupers Illustrated was sponsored by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge and published by Charles Fox .
Sanders, Valerie. Reason over Passion: Harriet Martineau and the Victorian Novel. Harvester Press, 1986.
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Textual Production Harriet Martineau
The Illustrations were an immediate success and were widely read: the first number sold 5,000 copies. Lord Brougham lamented that the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledgeshould be driven out of the field...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Muriel Jaeger
MJ 's next chapter deals with the male counterparts of the previous chapter's examples (Frederic Lamb , but also Dugald Stewart and Henry Brougham ), setting the Society for the Suppression of Vice against...


Constable's Miscellany, a prolific series of affordable books, was established.
31 March 1832
The first mass-circulation magazine, the Penny Magazine, appeared, published by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge .
Charles Knight , publisher for the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge , issued his Store of Knowledge.
At Harriet Martineau 's urging, the English Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge issued an anthology of writings by American women millworkers, Mind Among the Spindles, written by employees at the Merrimack Manufacturing Corporation
29 April 1852
Physician and polymath Peter Mark Roget published his Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases; it went through 25 editions in its first two decades, and remained an influential writing tool into the twenty-first century.