Smiles, Samuel, 1812-1904

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Birth 1812-12-23
Death 1904-04-16
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English

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Samuel Smiles was an author and reformer, probably best known for his pioneering self-help books. Born in Haddington, Scotland, he was apprenticed to a doctor, and continued his medical studies at the University of Edinburgh. He practiced medicine for several years, supplementing his income by lecturing and writing articles, eventually moving to Leeds and becoming the editor of the radical Leeds Times. He also worked as a railroad secretary, and continued to write numerous articles on reform, gradually softening his radical tone and adopting a more liberal view. He later wrote biographies, including Lives of the Engineers, but is best known for the wildly popular and groundbreaking work Self-help, essentially inventing the genre of self-improvement books.

From the description of Samuel Smiles letter to William White, 1868 March 19. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 144876248

Epithet: OBE, FRS, Professor of Chemistry in the University of London, grandson of Samuel Smiles

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000862.0x00020a

Scottish physician, businessman and author.

From the description of Letter to Perry Mason & Co., 1883 January 4. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 48926771

Scottish biographical author.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : [London], to Harper & Brothers, 1868 Apr. 7-1868 May 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664268

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  • Male authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
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