Scottish Essayist Thomas Carlyle

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As a charity, the Society provided these free also to outside parties with an interest in the Carlyles, as well as to libraries in Scotland and overseas.In recent years the cost of this operation has outstripped the Society’s resources and, opting out of charitable status, the Society has issued its papers electronically.He undertook the work when his friend, John Stuart Mill, found he was too committed on other projects to deliver on a contract he had signed with publishers and write it himself.

The result was his 1841 book A few generations later, such ideas were to help underpin Fascism.

And in 1849 Carlyle produced an essay suggesting that slavery should not have been abolished: whose very title is deeply offensive to modern eyes.

Virginia Woolf described her as Thomas and Jane's published letters reveal a very odd marriage, and one that some have suggested was never consummated.

Alfred Lord Tennyson argued against those who claimed the marriage was a mistake, saying: was published in 1837.

Carlyle's collected works (1974) comprises of 30 volumes.

One of his most famous works is “On Heroes And Hero Worship”.

The wider picture in Scotland at the time is set out in our Historical Timeline.

Carlyle was born in Ecclefechan, a village five miles north of Annan, in Dumfries and Galloway, which today lies close to the M74.

He became a full time writer in 1824 and went on to produce masterly translations of a number of the giants of German literature including Hoffman, Tieck and Goethe.

In 1826 Thomas Carlyle married Jane Welsh, a highly intelligent lady from Haddington with an unrealised potential to pursue a literary career herself.


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