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Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the Scottish, Victorian-era satirist, essayist, and historian Thomas Carlyle, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

Introduction & Biography

"Thomas Carlyle." An extended biography of Thomas Carlyle, includes a list of his works. Poetry Foundation.

"Thomas Carlyle," at the Victorian Web, ed. George Landow. Prof. Landow's long-running Victorian Web has essays on Carlyle's writing techniques, themes, biography, and the Victorian background.

"Thomas and Jane Carlyle: The First Celebrity Couple?" Audio for a conversation with Rosemary Ashton, BBC.

"The Carlyles' House: The Home of a Victorian Celebrity Couple." As this web site geared to the London tourist notes, the Carlyles' house was "once the hub of Victorian literary society." Photos. From the (UK) National Trust.

"Thomas Carlyle." Older (1907-21) criticism, with obnoxious ads, covers Carlyle's major and minor works and a biography. The Cambridge History of English and American Literature.

Uglow, Nathan. "Thomas Carlyle." A substantial introduction to Thomas Carlyle from the Literary Encyclopedia [sub ser].

Literary Criticism

Ashton, Rosemary. Review of Thomas and Jane Carlyle: Portrait of a Marriage (Chatto and Windus) in the Guardian, 9 Feb 2002.

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. A contemporary review, by an American sage of a Scottish sage: Emerson's review of Carlyle's Past and Present.

Froude, James Anthony. Thomas Carlyle: A History of His Life in London, 1834-1881 (1904). At Google Books.

Kaplan, Fred. A review of Thomas Carlyle: A Biography. Reviewed by Frank M. Turner in The Journal of Modern History 58, 1 (Mar. 1986) [first page only, jstor].

"The Carlyle-Mill 'Negro Question' Debate." Historical background: the slave trade in the West Indies, the British anti-slavery movement, the sugar plantations, free trade, the trial of Governor John Eyre of Jamaica. Thomas Carlyle's philosophy. Full text of articles by Carlyle and, in disagreement, by John Stuart Mill. The Debate in America. Further Online Resources. History of Economic Thought. Ed. Gonzalo L. Fonseca. Academic web site [gone].

Tarr, Rodger L.; and D. J. Trela, eds. The Critical Response to Thomas Carlyle's Major Works (Greenwood Press 1997) [complete book, sub ser, questia].

The Carlyle Letters and other projects in Scottish literature, from the Dept. of English at the Univ. of Edinburgh.

Scholarly and academic resources on Thomas and Jane Carlyle, compiled by Prof. Chris Vanden Bossche.

"Thomas Carlyle." Catalog for a bicentenary exhibit of Thomas Carlyle, at Univ. of South Carolina.


Reminiscences by Thomas Carlyle. Ed. James Anthony Froude. 1881. Full-text at Google.

Thomas Carlyle: a history of the first forty years of life, 1795-1835, by James Anthony Froude. 1882. American edition, two vols. 1882. Full-text at Google.

Letters and memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle. Ed. James Anthony Froude. 1883. American edition, two vols. 1888. Full-text at Google.

Thomas Carlyle: a history of his life in London, 1834-1881, by James Anthony Froude. 1884. New edition, 1897, rpt. Full-text at Google.

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