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Past and Present
     

Past and Present

by Thomas Carlyle
 

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Here is Carlyle's new poem, his Iliad of English woes, to follow his poem on France, entitled the History of the French Revolution. In its first aspect it is a political tract, and since Burke, since Milton, we have had nothing to compare with it. It grapples honestly with the facts lying before all men, groups and disposes them with a master's mind, and, with a heart

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Here is Carlyle's new poem, his Iliad of English woes, to follow his poem on France, entitled the History of the French Revolution. In its first aspect it is a political tract, and since Burke, since Milton, we have had nothing to compare with it. It grapples honestly with the facts lying before all men, groups and disposes them with a master's mind, and, with a heart full of manly tenderness, offers his best counsel to his brothers. Obviously it is the book of a powerful and accomplished thinker, who has looked with naked eyes at the dreadful political signs in England for the last few years, has conversed much on these topics with such wisemen of all ranks and parties as are drawn to a scholar's house, until, such daily and nightly meditation has grown into a great connection, if not a system of thoughts; and the topic of English politics becomes the best vehicle for the expression of his recent thinking, recommended to him by the desire to give some timely counsels, and to strip the worst mischiefs of their plausibility.

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BN ID:
2940000746554
Publisher:
B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
714 KB

Meet the Author


Chris R. Vanden Bossche, Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, is the editor of Carlyle's Historical Essays (California, 2002) and author of Carlyle and the Search for Authority (1991). Joel J. Brattin, Professor of English at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, helped establish the text for Carlyle's On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (California, 1993). D. J. Trela, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Michigan, Flint, is author of A History of Carlyle's "Oliver Cromwell's Letters and Speeches" (1992).

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