The French Revolution: A History (Paperback)
The book that established Thomas Carlyle's reputation when first published in 1837, this spectacular historical masterpiece has since been accepted as the standard work on the subject. It combines a shrewd insight into character, a vivid realization of the picturesque, and a singular ability to bring the past to blazing life, making it a reading experience as thrilling as any novel. As John D. Rosenberg observes in his Introduction, "The French Revolution" is "one of the grand poems of Carlyle's] century, yet its poetry consists in being everywhere scrupulously rooted in historical fact."
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About the Author
Thomas Carlyle was a Victorian-era Scottish author, philosopher, and historian. Raised by a strict Calvinist family, Carlyle abandoned his career with the clergy in 1821 after losing his faith, focusing instead on writing. Carlyle went on to publish such noted works as Life of Schiller, Sartor Resartus--which was inspired by his crisis of faith, and The French Revolution, and became one of the most prominent writers of his day. Carlyle's later works included Heroes and Hero-Worship and Frederick the Great. Carlyle passed away in 1881.
John Rosenberg is William Peterfield Trent Professor of English at Columbia University of New York. He has received many awards and fellowships, including American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim and NEH fellowships. Among many works and editions, he has written The Darkening Glass, on Ruskin (Columbia University Press, 1961); and Carlyle and the Burden of History (Harvard University Press, 1985).
“No novelist has made his creations live for us more thoroughly than Carlyle has made the men of the French Revolution.” —George Eliot