On Heroes, Hero Worship and the Heroic in History

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In his 1840 lectures on heroes, Thomas Carlyle, Victorian essayist and social critic, championed the importance of the individual in history. Published the following year and eventually translated into fifteen languages, this imaginative work of history, comparative religion, and literature is the most influential statement of a man who came to be thought of as a secular prophet and the "undoubted head of English letters" (Emerson). His vivid portraits of Muhammad, Dante, Luther, Napoleon--just a few of the ...
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In his 1840 lectures on heroes, Thomas Carlyle, Victorian essayist and social critic, championed the importance of the individual in history. Published the following year and eventually translated into fifteen languages, this imaginative work of history, comparative religion, and literature is the most influential statement of a man who came to be thought of as a secular prophet and the "undoubted head of English letters" (Emerson). His vivid portraits of Muhammad, Dante, Luther, Napoleon--just a few of the individuals Carlyle celebrated for changing the course of world history--made On Heroes a challenge to the anonymous social forces threatening to control life during the Industrial Revolution.
In eight volumes, The Strouse Edition will provide the texts of Carlyle's major works edited for the first time to contemporary scholarly standards. For the general reader, its detailed introductions and annotations will offer insight into the author's thought and a reconstruction of the diverse and often arcane Carlylean sources.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781236529169
  • Publisher: General Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/28/2012
  • Pages: 82
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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Michael K. Goldberg is Professor of English, University of British Columbia. He has written widely on the 19th century including Carlyle and Dickens (Georgia, 1972). Joel J. Brattin is Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mark Engel is a student of philosophy, a professional editor, and an independent scholar.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Chronology of Carlyle's Life
Introduction
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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