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Sartor Resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teu

Thomas Carlyle

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"Often in my atrabiliar moods, when I read of pompous ceremonials, Frankfort Coronations, Royal Drawing-rooms, Levees, Couchees; and how the ushers and macers and pursuivants are all in waiting; how Duke this is presented by Archduke that, and Colonel A by General B, and innumerable Bishops, Admirals, and miscellaneous Functionaries, are advancing gallantly to the Anointed Presence; and I strive, in my remote privacy, to form a clear picture of that solemnity,—on a sudden, as by some enchanter's wand, the—shall I speak it?—the Clothes fly off the whole dramatic corps; and Dukes, Grandees, Bishops, Generals, Anointed Presence itself, every mother's son of them, stand straddling there, not a shirt on them; and I know not whether to laugh or weep. This phy. . . Read More

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A Chronology of Thomas Carlyle

--Sartor Resartus

Appendix I: Carlyle to James Fraser, May 1833
Appendix II: Maginn's Portrait of Carlyle, June 1833
Appendix III: Carlyle to Emerson, August 1834
Appendix IV: Carlyle to John Sterling, June 1835

Read some of this as a freshman at Amherst College, back when it was a great college with my Humanities section prof Rolfe Humphries, the great translator. Read more Carlyle, Past and Present, in grad school, so that when we first went to Europe (bought a VW for $1300 and drove to Edinburgh and down

At another point in my life, this would have gotten a full boat. Alas, ensconced within books as I am, ever enveloped with the urge to move on to something new, I'm afraid I became a touch impatient with Carlyle towards the end—but the fault is entirely mine. The age in which he composed this beauti

”No sé de un libro más árdido y volcánico, más trabajado por la desolación que Sartor Resartus.” Jorge Luis Borges

Este es unos de los libros que Borges más admiraba y leía. Lo hacía constantemente, producto de su admiración por Thomas Carlyle, unos de sus escritores predilectos y uno de los más infl

They simply don't make 'em like they used to...

Sartor Resartus is one of Carlyle's supreme creations, to be sat alongside the towering achievement of his French Revolution. It's a sort of novel-cum-philosophical-treatise-cum-satire, a lumbering behemoth full of ideas and overheated prose. Did I ment

"Considering our present advanced state of culture, and how the Torch of Science has now been brandished and borne about, with more or less effect, for five thousand years and upwards... so that not the smallest cranny or doghole in Nature or Art can remain unilluminated, -- it might strike the refl

This novel, written by Thomas Carlyle in 1836, defies easy categorization. Of plot there is essentially none, of long digressions there are many, development of characters is elusive, and philosophic ruminations are rampant. None of that subverts Carlyle’s achievement, however, any more than similar

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What does the Latin title of this novel mean? The Tailor Retailored. Who is the tailor? Humanity, or, in the old style, Man. Why is he not only a tailor, but a retailored tailor? Because Man is a spiritual being that can recreate himself through use of spiritual signs, such as words, pictures, and m

Alright, so he's an old bastard. I know. He was generally wrong-headed and entirely conceited. He's also hilarious and witty. I would that all those who disagree with me could do so in such a pleasing fashion.

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