Sartor Resartus Additional Summary

Thomas Carlyle


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Carlyle, Thomas. Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh in Three Books. Introduction and notes by Rodger L. Tarr. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000. This edition uses all extant versions to create an authentic text. It also includes a helpful introduction that discusses the work and places it in its historical context. Also includes extensive textual annotations.

Kaplan, Fred. Thomas Carlyle: A Biography. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1983. Comprehensive biography. Presents Carlyle’s circumstances while writing Sartor Resartus and his dealings with publishers. Vividly depicts Carlyle’s relations with notable figures, such as Harriet Martineau and John Stuart Mill, and shows clear affinities with American readers. Includes many illustrations.

LaValley, Albert J. Carlyle and the Idea of the Modern. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1968. Studies Carlyle’s prophetic writings in relation to William Blake and other prophets of his day, including Friedrich Nietzsche and Karl Marx. Argues that Sartor Resartus presents Christianity as exhausted and asserts that the self will be the new basis of religion.

Levine, George. The Boundaries of Fiction: Carlyle, Macaulay, Newman. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1968. Pointing to the use in Sartor Resartus of symbols and...

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