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

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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: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.94 (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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