Smith, Reginald John, 1857-1916

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Smith was the head of Smith Elder & Co., the publishing company to which Brooks sent his manuscript.

From the description of Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1908. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 186370744

Reginald John Smith was born on 30 May 1857 at Brighton. He was educated at Eton College and King's College, Cambridge. After graduating with a classics and law degree, he served as a barrister from 1888 until 1894 when he was appointed Queen's Counsel. In 1893 he married Isabel Marion Smith, youngest daughter of George Murray Smith, whose publishing firm of Smith, Elder & Co. he joined in 1894. In 1898, he was appointed editor of the Cornhill Magazine and a year later assumed sole control of Smith, Elder & Co. Between 1904 and 1904 and again in 1916, he served as president of the Publishers' Association. He died on 26 December 1916 in London.

From the guide to the Reginald Smith collection, 1905-1916, (Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge)

Epithet: KC; publisher

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001199.0x000144

Epithet: of Smith, Elder and Co.; publisher, and son-inlaw of G M Smith

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001199.0x000145

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creatorOf Reginald Smith collection, 1905-1916 Scott Polar Research Institute
creatorOf LETTERS TO ALFRED DOMETT (1811-1887), New Zealand poet and statesman; mainly from Robert Browning, the poet. See further Robert Browning and Alfred Domett, ed. F. G. Kenyon, 1906. Transcripts of artt. 1-3 are in Add. MS. 45558. As follows:-(1) Twent..., 1840-1877 British Library
referencedIn Mrs Seaton Gordon collection, 1950-1951 Scott Polar Research Institute
creatorOf GEORGE SMITH MEMORIAL BEQUEST. Vol. XV. 'The Story of Bessie Costrell': a novel by Mrs Humphry Ward (Mary Augusta Ward, wife of Thomas Humphry Ward). The autograph MS., written, according to a note by the author (f. 1), between 15 Jan. and 2 Feb. 189..., 1895 British Library
referencedIn Isabel Smith collection, 1913-1917 Scott Polar Research Institute
creatorOf Smith, Reginald John, 1857-1916. Correspondence to Van Wyck Brooks, 1908. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Reginald Smith collection, 1905-1916 Scott Polar Research Institute
referencedIn Vol. VI (ff. 260). 25 Apr. 1866-1 May 1904.includes:f. 1 Robert Browning, poet: Letter to E. Dowden: 1866.: Copy.f. 2 Robert Browning, poet: Letter to B. P. Newman: 1876.: Copy.ff.3, 4 Robert Browning, poet: Letters to Charles D. Browning: 1882... British Library
referencedIn Vol. VII (ff. 300). 2 May 1904-20 Oct. 1909, n.d.includes:f. 1 Macmillan and Co; publishers: Letter to W. H. Griffin: 1904.: Typewritten. ff. 2, 112 Richard Garnett, LLD; Keeper of Printed Books, British Museum: Letters to W. H. Griffin: 1904. ff. 4,... British Library
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