Samuel Smiles

Standard Name: Smiles, Samuel

Connections

Connections Sort descending Author name Excerpt
Cultural formation Mary Gawthorpe
By the end of her life MG had lived longer in the USA than in Britain. In the context of her American incarnation, she writes of the capacity to shift from one national viewpoint...
Family and Intimate relationships Isabella Beeton
IB 's younger half-sister Lucy Dorling married William Smiles, whose father, Samuel Smiles , authored the best-selling Self-Help (1859).
Freeman, Sarah. Isabella and Sam: The Story of Mrs Beeton. Coward, McCann and Geoghegan, 1977.
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Beeton, Isabella. “Introduction”. Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, edited by Nicola Humble, Abridged, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. vii - xxxvii.
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Friends, Associates Mary Howitt
They became close to a young friend met in Rome, Margaret Foley , a sculptor from New England, who took up summer residence in the same spot. Visitors to their house in Rome included...
Friends, Associates Eliza Meteyard
She became connected through her writing to Douglas Jerrold , Mary and William Howitt , and Harriet Martineau .
Lightbown, Ronald W., and Eliza Meteyard. “Introduction”. The Life of Josiah Wedgwood, Cornmarket Press, 1970.
The difficulties of social life for unattached women are visible in her regret and anxiety over...
Intertextuality and Influence Eliza Meteyard
Dedicated by permission to William Gladstone , The Life of Josiah Wedgwood provides a full history of pottery in Britain, beginning with the Celts and Romans.
Lightbown, Ronald W., and Eliza Meteyard. “Introduction”. The Life of Josiah Wedgwood, Cornmarket Press, 1970.
As a portrait of a captain of industry it...
Literary responses Constance Naden
Those returning thanks for complimentary copies included Herbert Spencer , Samuel Smiles (full of profound truth), Charles Lapworth (an education to read), and William Tilden (who politely dissents from Lewins's opinion...
Literary responses Charlotte Maria Tucker
The Athenæum proclaimed, a more entertaining and salutary story for merry, scatter-brained, careless children has rarely been put on paper.
Athenæum. J. Lection.
1843 (1863): 261
The Dictionary of Literary Biography places this among CMT 's charming and...
Literary responses Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The timing, almost coincident with the outbreak of war, caused de la Mare to add that the touch of irony in its title at the present moment is unintentional. He likened EWW to Samuel Smiles
Literary responses Harriet Martineau
Life in the Sick-Room sold well, and HM was paid £125 by Moxon for it. Samuel Smiles in 1883 considered it one of her most delightful books.
Frawley, Maria H. “’A Prisoner to the Couch’: Harriet Martineau, Invalidism, and Self-Representation”. The Body and Physical Difference: Discourses of Disability, edited by David T. Mitchell and Sharon L. Snyder, University of Michigan Press, 1997, pp. 174 - 88.
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Martineau, Harriet, and Gaby Weiner. Harriet Martineau’s Autobiography. Virago, 1983.
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In later years, HM
Reception Isabella Beeton
Scholar Nicola Humble argues that the book in large part created the new cult of domesticity that was to play such a major role in mid-Victorian life.
Beeton, Isabella. “Introduction”. Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management, edited by Nicola Humble, Abridged, Oxford University Press, 2000, p. vii - xxxvii.
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She sees it as the feminised counterpart...
Textual Features Jessie Boucherett
In this work, which bears a strong imprint of the writings of utilitarian thinker Samuel Smiles , JB observes how often middle-class women find themselves unemployable. She notes how limited are these women's expectations: they...
Textual Production Mary Howitt
This venture seems to have sprung from William's brief, financially damaging involvement in The People's Journal, 1846-8, whose chaotic business practices were a serious handicap to its programme for rendering workers prudent, sober, independent...

Timeline

23 December 1812
Biographer and self-help advocate Samuel Smiles was born at Haddington in East Lothian, near Edinburgh.
Around 3 December 1859
Samuel Smiles published his very successful Self-Help, attacking over-government and lobbying for thrift, industry, and self-improvement.
16 April 1904
Samuel Smiles , biographer and self-help expert, died at Kensington.