Article abstract: As the most eminent man of letters in the Victorian age, Carlyle thundered against what he saw as the materialism and moral decadence of the age. The uniqueness of his vivid and emphatic style, and his ability to re-create the flavor and feeling of historical events, have earned for him a place among the masters of English prose.
Thomas Carlyle was born in the Scottish village of Ecclefachan on December 4, 1795. His father was a stonemason who later became a small farmer, and Thomas was the eldest child of a large, close-knit...
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