The French Revolution: A History

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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 ...
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Overview

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.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition, complete and unabridged, is unavailable anywhere else.

Covers the entire French revolution, from the reign of Louis XVI to the reign of terror to the fall of Robespierre.

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“No novelist has made his creations live for us more thoroughly than Carlyle has made the men of the French Revolution.” —George Eliot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192818430
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/14/1989
  • Series: World's Classics Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1072
  • Product dimensions: 4.56 (w) x 7.31 (h) x 1.81 (d)

Meet the Author

John D. Rosenberg is the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English at Columbia University, where he teaches Victorian literature and has chaired the undergraduate program in literature humanities. He is the author of The Darkening Glass: A Portrait of Ruskin’s Genius; The Fall of Camelot: A Study of Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King”; and Carlyle and the Burden of History.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    Nice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    One of the better books I have read. Very insightful---Great au

    One of the better books I have read. Very insightful---Great author......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Too difficult to read

    After reading A Tale of Two Cities, and having loved it, I thought I'd read up on the French Revolution. I purchased three books, this was the first but sadly, I couldn't understand a damn word of it. Couldn't get past the first couple dozen pages.

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