The French Revolution

The French Revolution

Book rating: 05 Paperback Modern Library Classics (Paperback)

By (author) Thomas Carlyle

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  • Publisher: Modern Library Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 848 pages
  • Dimensions: 122mm x 203mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 14 May 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375760229
  • ISBN 13: 9780375760228
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 135,357

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The classic history of the origins, events, and results of the French Revolution from 1774 to 1795.

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John D. Rosenberg is the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English at Columbia University, where he teaches Victorian literature and has chaired the undergraduate program in literature humanities. He is the author of" The Darkening Glass: A Portrait of Ruskin's Genius; The Fall of Camelot: A Study of Tennyson's "Idylls of the King";" and "Carlyle and the Burden of History."

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By Murray Stone 11 Nov 2013 5

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.

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"No novelist has made his creations live for us more thoroughly than Carlyle has made the men of the French Revolution." --George Eliot

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The 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.