George Smith, a Memoir: With Some Pages of Autobiography

George Smith, a Memoir: With Some Pages of Autobiography

by Sidney Lee


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This 1902 book, originally intended for private circulation, is a memoir of George Smith (1824-1901), founder, proprietor and publisher of The Cornhill Magazine and later the Dictionary of National Biography. The small volume, compiled by Smith's wife, consists of a memoir of Smith by Sidney Lee, followed by four short autobiographical pieces that Smith wrote for The Cornhill. He recalls his years at the publishing house of Smith, Elder and Co.; his encounters with Charlotte Brontë, who stayed with the Smiths in London; his idea of founding a magazine; and the 'lawful pleasures' of court cases for libel. The final item is Sir Leslie Stephen's obituary of Smith, first published in The Cornhill. The book, illustrated with two portraits of Smith, and a photograph of his memorial tablet in St Paul's Cathedral, provides an engaging portrait of a significant Victorian publisher and man of letters.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108047647
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/13/2012
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - History of Printing, Publishing and Libraries
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

A memoir of George Smith by Sidney Lee. From the Supplement to the Dictionary of National Biography; Some pages of autobiography by George Smith. From The Cornhill Magazine; In memoriam, by Sir Leslie Stephen, K.C.B.. From The Cornhill Magazine.

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