Moral Desperado by Simon Heffer
A Life of Thomas Carlyle

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Thomas Carlyle's reputation has been in gentle decline in recent years. In this new biography, Simon Heffer re-establishes his relevance to our age as well as showing why it is impossible to comprehend the Victorian period without understanding Carlyle. Using new material which has become available - especially the complete correspondence of Thomas and Jane Carlyle - Simon Heffer establishes Jane Carlyle as one of the finest letter writers of the 19th century and her husband not far behind her. Carlyle's early religious problems are examined, his intense friendships, his courtship and marriage to Jane, as well as his relations with the leading figures of his time - John Stuart Mill, Dickens, Froude, Ruskin and Tennyson.
 

About Simon Heffer

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Heffer is a political columnist for the Daily Mail.
 
Published December 1, 1996 by Trafalgar Square. 500 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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It was, after all, another famous Victorian, John Stuart Mill, who characterized Carlyle in context as a ``moral desperado.'' Today it is even more difficult to come to terms with a writer whose solution to what he called ``the nigger question'' was whipping.

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Few eminent Victorians were as unlikable, unreadable or miserable as Thomas Carlyle. Heffer, his newest biographer-a London newspaper editor whose first biography this is-concedes this in his bicenten

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An influence even on writers who rejected the undemocratic ideas he promoted in dozens of polemics, Carlyle also wrote idiosyncratic yet popular lives of Cromwell and Frederick the Great.

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