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

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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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The Pacific Historian

"Here one glimpses Carlyle as a nimble personality with stimulating ideas. What makes this edition especially welcome is Carl Niemeyer's astute introduction."—The Pacific Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803250307
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/1966
  • Series: World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Chronology of Carlyle's Life
Note on the Text
Lecture I The Hero as Divinity 3
Lecture II The Hero as Prophet 37
Lecture III The Hero as Poet 67
Lecture IV The Hero as Priest 99
Lecture V The Hero as Man of Letters 133
Lecture VI The Hero as King 169
Appendix: 1858 Summary and Index 211
Notes 227
Works Cited 393
Textual Apparatus
Emendations of the Copy-Text 421
Discussion of Editorial Decisions 431
Line-End Hyphens in the Copy-Text 441
Line-End Hyphens in the Present Text 443
Historical Collation 445
Index 487
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    A very interesting book on heroes and hero-worship.

    A very interesting book on heroes and hero-worship.

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