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
Michael K. Goldberg is Professor of English, University of British Columbia. He has written widely on the 19th century including "Carlyle and Dickens" (Georgia, 1972). Joel J. Brattin is Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mark Engel is a student of philosophy, a professional editor, and an independent scholar.
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