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Self-Help by Samuel Smiles
Book Description'The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual; and, exhibited in the lives of many, it constitutes the true source of national vigour and strength.' A bestseller immediately after its publication in 1859, Self-Help propelled its author to fame and rapidly became one of Victorian Britain's most important statements on the allied virtues of hard work, thrift, and perseverance. Interpreted by some as a paean to personal avarice, Smiles's most celebrated book is in fact a practical and engaging tribute to the working- and lower-middle classes, in whom he identified the capacity for self-improvement and for whom he tirelessly advocated the right of social advancement. Part practical guide, part proverbial testament, part secular hagiography, this literary hybrid turns biography into an inspirational medium that awakens readers to their own potential and instils the desire to succeed. Smiles's book is the precursor of today's motivational and self-help literature, although its vision is significantly more cosmopolitan than that of most books in a still-expanding genre. This edition includes a fully indexed glossary to the more than 750 names discussed by Smiles. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199552450
(195mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Samuel Smiles
Huguenots, Paperback (August 2014)
In this 1867 book, Samuel Smiles describes the history of the Huguenots and discusses some of their famous British descendants.
Publisher and His Friends, Paperback (February 2014)
An 1891 two-volume account of the life of the publisher John Murray (1778-1843), told largely through his correspondence.
Self-Help, Paperback (January 2014)
First published in 1859, this Victorian bestseller uses hundreds of biographical examples to champion hard work and perseverance.
Life of Thomas Telford, Civil Engineer, Paperback (July 2013)» View all books by Samuel Smiles
This 1867 biography combines a history of roads with Thomas Telford's career as a builder of roads, bridges and canals.
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