The French Revolution by Thomas Carlyle & John D. Rosenberg
A History (Modern Library Classics)

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How does he embed us so deeply in his story, surround us with the swirl of the events he describes?...Carlyle writes history in the present tense. He doesn't tell us what happened; he tells us what is happening.
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The book that established Thomas Carlyle’s reputation when first published in 1837, this spectacular historical masterpiece has since been accepted as the standard work on the subject. It combines a shrewd insight into character, a vivid realization of the picturesque, and a singular ability to bring the past to blazing life, making it a reading experience as thrilling as any novel. As John D. Rosenberg observes in his Introduction, The French Revolution is “one of the grand poems of [Carlyle’s] century, yet its poetry consists in being everywhere scrupulously rooted in historical fact.”

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About Thomas Carlyle & John D. Rosenberg

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John D. Rosenberg is the William Peterfield Trent Professor of English at Columbia University, where he teaches Victorian literature and has chaired the undergraduate program in literature humanities. He is the author of The Darkening Glass: A Portrait of Ruskin's Genius; The Fall of Camelot: A Study of Tennyson's "Idylls of the King"; and Carlyle and the Burden of History.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Modern Library. 848 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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How does he embed us so deeply in his story, surround us with the swirl of the events he describes?...Carlyle writes history in the present tense. He doesn't tell us what happened; he tells us what is happening.

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