On Heroes, Hero-Worship, And The Heroic In History

On Heroes, Hero-Worship, And The Heroic In History

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by Thomas Carlyle
     
 

Scottish writer THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881) is perhaps best remembered today for dubbing economics "the dismal science," but in his day he was widely known-and often controversial-for his criticism of the "progress" of the Industrial Revolution, for his satires in the vein of Jonathan Swift, and for his championing of German Romantic poetry to English readers.

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Scottish writer THOMAS CARLYLE (1795-1881) is perhaps best remembered today for dubbing economics "the dismal science," but in his day he was widely known-and often controversial-for his criticism of the "progress" of the Industrial Revolution, for his satires in the vein of Jonathan Swift, and for his championing of German Romantic poetry to English readers.

This 1841 volume collects six of Carlyle's lectures on heroes, which offered a damning critique of the rising faceless corporatism and the denigration of the individual that the Industrial Revolution was promoting. Honoring the power of great men to change history, Carlyle discusses:

• The hero as divinity: Odin, Paganism, and Scandinavian mythology
• The hero as prophet: Mahomet and Islam
• The hero as poet: Dante and Shakespeare
• The hero as priest: Luther, Reformation by Knox, and Puritanism
• The hero as man of letters: Johnson, Rousseau, and Burns
• The hero as king: Cromwell, Napoleon, and modern revolutionism

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616402495
Publisher:
Cosimo
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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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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