Adrian, Arthur A., and Vonna H. Adrian. "Frederick the Great: 'That Unutterable Horror of a Prussian Book.'" In Carlyle Past and Present: A Collection of New Essays, edited by K. J. Fielding and Rodger L. Tarr, pp. 177-97. New York: Barnes and Noble Books, 1976.
Examines Carlyle's attraction to the Prussian emperor Frederick the Great as a subject of biography, and argues that, while Frederick's forceful ruling style appealed to Carlyle's political convictions, it was the emperor's "personal circumstances and qualities" (which Carlyle felt he shared with his hero) that drew Carlyle to Frederick.
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