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Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith

Alexander Smith was born in Kilmarnock on the last day of 1829. After a basic education he followed his father's trade as a lace pattern designer, spending his leisure hours writing poetry. At first successful as a writer, he left his trade and became Secretary of Edinburgh University, but his volumes of poetry met with increasingly critical reviews. He had greater success when he turned to prose, but a promising career was cut short when, in January 1867, he died of typhoid fever. A Summer in Skye is the only work by Smith which remains read today, but in addition to many articles he also wrote A Life Drama and other Poems (1852), Sonnets on the Crimean War (with Sidney Dobell, 1855), City Poems (1857), Edwin of Deira (1861), Dreamthorp (1863) and Alfred Hagart's Household (1866).