The French Revolution (Paperback)
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DescriptionThe book that established Thomas Carlyle's reputation when first published in 1837, this spectacular historical masterpiece has since been accepted as the standard work on the subject. It combines a shrewd insight into character, a vivid realization of the picturesque, and a singular ability to bring the past to blazing life, making it a reading experience as thrilling as any novel. As John D. Rosenberg observes in his Introduction, "The French Revolution" is "one of the grand poems of [Carlyle's] century, yet its poetry consists in being everywhere scrupulously rooted in historical fact." This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition, complete and unabridged, is unavailable anywhere else.
- Published: 14 May 2002
- Format: Paperback 848 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780375760228 ISBN 10: 0375760229
- Sales rank: 110,618
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Reviews for The French Revolution
This is a monument to the power of English prose, as if Homer had decided to write a history of the Revolution, to be read with a dictionary in the other hand. Though short on its social and economic origins, Carlyle describes the events and participants of the Revolution in a vivid and memorable way. He writes with a conservative view of human nature derived from Burke's aristocratic reaction to the events in France, but unintentionally makes the deficiencies of this view apparent. The greatness of this work is assumed these days, but it still deserves to be more widely read. by Murray Stone