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Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881)

Nationality: Scottish
Periods: British: 19th Century

Writer of Sartor Resartus and The French Revolution

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Carlyle
http://www.bartleby.com/223/index.html#1
This lengthy analysis of the author's life and work includes sections on "Goethe on Carlyle", "Carlyle’s early years", "On Heroes", "Latter-Day Pamphlets" and "Carlyle as a moral force."
Contains: Extensive Bio, Criticism, Bibliography
Author: J. G. Robertson
From: The Cambridge History of English and American Literature Volume XIII: English, The Victorian Age, Part One, The Nineteenth Century, II
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Carlyle and the Search for Authority
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/vandenbossche/content...
"In order to understand Carlyle and his contemporaries, we must understand why their discourse seemed to allow only two alternatives: the anarchy of a value-free society, on the one hand, or the social order and justice of an authoritarian state, on the other."
Contains: Criticism
Author: Chris R. Vanden Bossche
From: The Victorian Web Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1991
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Carlyle: Sources and Influence
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/sources.html
"Carlyle's Calvinistic upbringing, though he eventually rebelled against it, may account for the pessimism (and the occasional despondency) which characterized both his personal life and much of his literary output. Parts of Sartor Resartus recall to mind the terrifying sermons -- one thinks, for example, of Jonathan Edwards's famous "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" -- which had been produced by the great Calvinist preachers of a much earlier generation. Carlyle was very well-read, with an affinity for languages (by the end of his life he knew French, Latin, Greek, German, Italian, Spanish, and Danish) and his dense and difficult prose is extremely allusive. "
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
Author: Cody, David
From: Victorian Web
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The Social Construction of Thomas Carlyle's New England Reputation, 1834-1836.
http://www.vcu.edu/engweb/transweb/oncarlyle.htm
"Yet colorful as such metaphors are, they tell us very little of the reality of textual dissemination and the construction of fame in nineteenth century America. As contagious as ideas may seem, they are not, in reality, irresistible, nor do they affect populations indiscriminately. Our reliance on disease tropes, I believe, has greatly obscured our understanding of the ways in which reputations are socially constructed and canons formed.vi In the paper that follows, I shall explore the social construction of Thomas Carlyle's reputation in New England between approximately 1834 and 1836, during which period he came to be seen as almost irresistibly, and quite perniciously, contagious."
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
Author: Leon Jackson
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Thomas Carlyle
http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Carly...
This site provides biographical information on Thomas Carlyle.
Contains: Full Bio
Keywords: life, history, biography
 
Thomas Carlyle -- Genre & Mode
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/genreov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Criticism, Commentary
From: Victorian Web
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Thomas Carlyle -- Literary Relations
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/litrel.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Criticism, Commentary
From: Victorian Web
Keywords: Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Barett Browing, Robert Browning, Dickens, Rosetti, Rushkin, Trollope
 
Thomas Carlyle -- Methods of Characterization
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/charov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Criticism, Commentary
From: Victorian Web
Keywords:
 
Thomas Carlyle -- Theme and Subject
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/themeov.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Criticism, Commentary
From: Victorian Web
Keywords:
 
Thomas Carlyle's Influence on Contemporary (and Later) Writers
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/carlyle2.html
This short essay by George Landow, Professor of English and Art History, Brown University looks at Thomas Carlye in three views.
Contains: Commentary, Criticism
Author: Landow, George
From: Victorian Web
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Biographical sites about Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle: A Chronology
http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/carlyle/carlyletl.html
This site from Victorian web contains a number of well-written undergraduate student essays under the direction of Professor George Landow.
Contains: Timeline
From: Victorian Web
Keywords: life, history, biography
 
Thomas Carlyle: His Health and Personality
http://www.malcolmingram.com/CARLYLEA.HTM
"These pages are the beginnings of an attempt to reassess Carlyle's health and personality. It is very much work in progress, will grow in the months to come, and should be completed by the end of 1998. By then it should be an extensive hypertext, designed to prove readable for readers requiring varying degrees of detail, and to provide background documentation for those interested, together with integral links to other net sites."
Contains: Timeline, Pictures, Full Bio
Author: Dr Malcolm Ingram
Keywords: life, history, biography
 

 
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