On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History / Edition 1

On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History / Edition 1

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by Thomas Carlyle
     
 

The greatest and most enduring of the prophets of the Victorian era, Thomas Carlyle was prescient about the importance of heroism in defining a nation's ambition and character. First published in 1841, his On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History established a foundation for historical studies that has lost none of its importance in an age of

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The greatest and most enduring of the prophets of the Victorian era, Thomas Carlyle was prescient about the importance of heroism in defining a nation's ambition and character. First published in 1841, his On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History established a foundation for historical studies that has lost none of its importance in an age of sports, photo-ops, and cable news.

From its first pages the book recognizes the intimate connections between heroism and myth. Beginning with the legends of Odin, lord of the Nordic gods, Carlyle describes major forms that heroism can take: in god, poet, warrior, priest, prophet, and king.

His emphasis on the great works of great men was circumscribed by Victorian presumptions. Women are seldom mentioned and little attention is given to the achievements of cooperation. But Carlyle cracked through these limits in the best way he knew: to assert that people have choices and to clarify the role that heroism plays in guiding and inspiring them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803250307
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
02/01/1966
Series:
World's Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Chronology of Carlyle's Life
Introduction
Note on the Text
Lecture IThe Hero as Divinity3
Lecture IIThe Hero as Prophet37
Lecture IIIThe Hero as Poet67
Lecture IVThe Hero as Priest99
Lecture VThe Hero as Man of Letters133
Lecture VIThe Hero as King169
Appendix: 1858 Summary and Index211
Notes227
Works Cited393
Textual Apparatus
Emendations of the Copy-Text421
Discussion of Editorial Decisions431
Line-End Hyphens in the Copy-Text441
Line-End Hyphens in the Present Text443
Historical Collation445
Index487

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