Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, Jan 22, 2016 - 178 pages
THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881), was born at Ecclefechan, in Dumfriesshire, the son of a stonemason, and was educated at Annan Academy and the University of Edinburgh, where he was affected by the legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment. He studied German literature; his life of Schiller appeared in the London Magazine in 1823-4 and was separately published in 1825. His translations of Goethe s "Wilhelm Meister s Apprenticeship" and "Wilhelm Meister s Travels" appeared in 1824 and 1827 respectively. "Signs of the Times", an attack on Utilitarianism appeared in 1829. "Sartor Resarius" followed in 1834. In 1834 Carlyle moved to Cheyne Row, Chelsea, where he worked on his "History of the French Revolution" (1837). This work established Carlyle s reputation. His series of lectures "On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History", published in 1841, attracted glittering and fashionable audiences and brought him new and influential friends. In "Chartism" (1839) and "Past and Present" (1843), Carlyle applied himself to what he called the Condition-of-England question, attacking both laissez-faire and the dangers of revolution it encouraged, castigatin an economic and political climate where Cash Payment had become "the sole nexus between man and man".

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Thomas Carlyle was a social critic and historian born in Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, December 4, 1795, the same year as John Keats, but Carlyle is considered an early Victorian rather than a Romantic. After completing his elementary studies, he went to the University of Edinburgh but left in 1814 without a degree. His parents wanted him to become a minister in the Scottish church, but his independence of spirit made such a life program impossible. In 1816 he fell in love with, and was rejected by, a young woman. His love affair was followed by a period of doubt and uncertainty described vividly in Sartor Resartus, a work published in 1833 that attracted much attention. Carlyle's first literary work reveals his admiration for German thought and philosophy, and especially for the two great German poets Schiller and Goethe. The fictional autobiography of a philosopher deeply impressed Ralph Waldo Emerson who brought it back to the United States to be published there. History of the French Revolution (1837), rewritten after parts of it were mistakenly burned as kindling by John Stuart Mill, cemented Carlyle's reputation. The work brought him fame but no great wealth. As a result of his comparative poverty he was induced to give four series of public lectures. Of these the most famous were those On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic of History delivered in 1840 and published in 1841. Past and Present (1843), and Latter Day Pamphlets (1850) present his economic and industrial theories. With The Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell (1845), The Life of John Sterling (1851), and History of Frederick II of Prussia, Called Frederick the Great (1858-1865) he returned to biography. In 1865, Carlyle was made Lord Rector of Edinburgh.

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