Tag Archives: Samuel Smiles

The Huguenots

I have mentioned before the industrious Samuel Smiles, Victorian believer in hard work and self-education (otherwise known as pulling oneself up by one’s bootstraps) as the way to social improvement and financial prosperity. His 1867 work on the Huguenot communities … Continue reading

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Self-Help

Self-improvement for the humble classes 1859 was a remarkable year for publishing. The first edition of On the Origin of Species by the somewhat reclusive naturalist Charles Darwin was published by John Murray on 24 November, and sold out almost … Continue reading

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