Past and Present Additional Summary

Thomas Carlyle


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Calder, Grace J. The Writing of “Past and Present”: A Study of Carlyle’s Manuscripts. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1949. Contains valuable information on Carlyle’s writing process and stylistic eccentricities.

Carlyle, Thomas. Past and Present. Introduction and notes by Chris R. Vanden Bossche. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005. In addition to the text, this volume contains an introduction that places the work in its historical context, as well as extensive textual annotations.

Fielding, K. J., and Roger L. Tarr, eds. Carlyle Past and Present: A Collection of New Essays. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1976. Presents a variety of approaches to the work and its author.

Holloway, John. The Victorian Sage: Studies in Argument. London: Macmillan, 1953. A landmark study of Carlyle’s rhetorical strategies and persuasive tactics.

Levine, George. The Boundaries of Fiction: Carlyle, Macauley, Newman. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1968. A learned discussion of Carlyle’s style in the larger context of Victorian prose.

Morrow, John. Thomas Carlyle. New York: Hambledon Continuum, 2006. Chronicles Carlyle’s personal life and intellectual career and discusses his works.

Trela, D. J., and Rodger L. Tarr, eds. The Critical Response to Thomas Carlyle’s Major Works. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997. Collection of reviews and essays about Past and Present and Carlyle’s other major works that date from the initial publication of his works until the end of the twentieth century. The introduction discusses how Carlyle responded to his critics.

Ulrich, John McAllister. Signs of Their Times: History, Labor, and the Body in Cobbett, Carlyle, and Disraeli. Athens: Ohio University Press, 2002. Discusses how Past and Present and works by William Cobbett and Benjamin Disraeli were a response to the economic and cultural crises in England during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Waring, Walter. Thomas Carlyle. Boston: Twayne, 1978. An excellent introduction to Carlyle’s ideas. Helps explain the philosophical tensions and social conditions of the early Victorian period.