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Samuel Smiles and the construction of Victorian values

Author: Adrian Jarvis
Publisher: Thrupp, Gloucestershire : Sutton Pub., 1997.
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Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) is remembered as the popular moralist who wrote Self-Help and the Lives of the Engineers yet his considerable output numbered around thirty books, another thirty pamphlets and hundreds of articles. His work was extremely popular, particularly from the 1860s to the 1890s, and he was, for a time, a considerable celebrity. This new work is the first not only to examine Smiles as a whole but  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
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Jarvis, Adrian.
Samuel Smiles and the construction of Victorian values.
Thrupp, Gloucestershire : Sutton Pub., 1997
(OCoLC)645948466
Named Person: Samuel Smiles; Samuel Smiles; Samuel Smiles
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adrian Jarvis
ISBN: 075091128X 9780750911283
OCLC Number: 36758488
Description: xvi, 176 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Adrian Jarvis.

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A biography of Victorian moralist Samuel Smiles which looks at his life and work, and the values of middle-class Victorian Britain which he supposedly represented.  Read more...

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