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On Heroes And Hero Worship And The Heroic In History

by Thomas Carlyle

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Reprint of the "Sterling Edition" of Carlyle's Complete Works, in 20 volumes

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Thoughts on the "Great Men" of history by the 19th centuries greatest historian

The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Six essays by Thomas Carlyle, published in 1841 and based on a series of lectures he delivered in 1840. The lectures, which glorified great men throughout history, were enormously popular. In the essays he discusses different types of heros and offers examples of each type, including divinities (pagan myths), prophets (Muhammad), poets (Dante and William Shakespeare), priests (Martin Luther and John Knox), men of letters (Samuel Johnson and Jean-Jacques Rousseau), and rulers (Oliver Cromwell and Napoleon).

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"How great he was! He made history a song for the first time in our language. He was our English Tacitus." (Oscar Wilde)

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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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