Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish historian, satirical writer, essayist, translator, philosopher, mathematician, and teacher. He is known for works such as 'Sartor Resartus' and 'The French Revolution: A History'.


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  1. 1. Sartor Resartus

    "Sartor Resartus" is a satirical philosophical novel that presents itself as a commentary on the autobiography of a fictional German philosopher named Diogenes Teufelsdröckh. The narrative, ostensibly edited by an unnamed British reviewer, explores Teufelsdröckh's life and his treatise on the philosophy of clothes, which serves as an allegory for the human condition and society. Through a blend of humor, digressions, and existential inquiry, the book delves into themes of identity, the nature of reality, and the search for meaning in a seemingly inscrutable universe. The work challenges the reader to decipher the layers of satire and to reflect on the role of cultural constructs in shaping human experience.

    The 2793rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Life Of John Sterling

    This biography chronicles the life of John Sterling, a lesser-known literary figure of the 19th century, exploring his intellectual pursuits, personal struggles, and the friendships that shaped him. The narrative delves into Sterling's quest for truth and meaning amidst the religious, philosophical, and social upheavals of his time. Through a series of letters, personal reflections, and accounts from those who knew him, the book paints a portrait of a man deeply engaged with the intellectual currents of his era, yet often at odds with himself and his health. The biography is as much a meditation on the challenges of leading a life of the mind in a turbulent era as it is a detailed account of Sterling's own endeavors, failures, and achievements.

    The 3115th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Selected Prose

    "Selected Prose" is a compilation of various prose writings by a renowned 19th-century essayist and historian, known for his social criticism and satirical style. The collection showcases the author's mastery of language and his deep engagement with the cultural, political, and spiritual issues of his time. Through essays, lectures, and historical analyses, the book reflects on themes such as the nature of heroism, the impact of the industrial revolution, and the evolution of society. The author's distinctive voice and insightful commentary provide readers with a rich exploration of Victorian thought and the enduring questions of human existence.

    The 4169th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. The French Revolution

    This book presents a detailed and vivid account of the French Revolution, capturing the complex social, political, and economic factors that led to the upheaval. The narrative delves into the dramatic events and key figures of the period, such as the storming of the Bastille, the Reign of Terror, and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. Through a compelling mix of historical analysis and storytelling, the author provides a deep understanding of how this monumental event reshaped France and significantly influenced the course of world history.

    The 6767th Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. Past And Present

    "Past and Present" is a philosophical and social critique that examines the condition of England during the early 19th century. The author contrasts the medieval past and the then-current state of society, emphasizing the disconnection between material wealth and spiritual well-being. He criticizes the mechanization and industrialization of society, which he believes has led to values centered on profit rather than on human fulfillment and moral integrity. Through historical analysis and social commentary, the work calls for a return to a more meaningful and connected social order based on justice, hard work, and spiritual ideals.

    The 6767th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. On Heroes, Hero Worship, & The Heroic In History

    The book explores the influence of heroes and their impact on history, arguing that the course of history is largely determined by the actions of great men and women. The author categorizes heroes into different types, such as divinities, prophets, poets, priests, men of letters, and rulers, examining their roles and the reverence afforded to them by society. Through a series of lectures, the work delves into the characteristics of these heroes, the nature of their leadership, and their ability to inspire followers and shape the cultural and political landscapes of their times. The book asserts that hero worship is an essential part of human nature and a driving force in the development of civilization.

    The 6767th Greatest Book of All Time