Thomas Carlyle, Signed Presentational Copy “Life of Friedrich Schiller”

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A rare presentational copy of “The Life of Friedrich Schiller” by the writer and philosopher Thomas Carlyle. Known for his profound insights and eloquent prose, Carlyle’s works have left an indelible mark on literature and thought.

“The Life of Friedrich Schiller” (1825), is a seminal biography that delves into the life and works of the renowned German playwright and philosopher. Thomas Carlyle’s exploration of Schiller’s tumultuous life and enduring legacy offers readers a captivating glimpse into the Romantic era and the intellectual ferment of the time.

Also included is Carlyle’s “Life of John Sterling” (1851), a biography that pays homage to Carlyle’s dear friend and fellow writer. Through vivid prose and insightful analysis, Carlyle illuminates Sterling’s remarkable life and literary contributions, offering readers a deeper understanding of the man behind the myth.

This presentational copy, inscribed by Carlyle himself on the half-title page, adds a personal touch. Addressed to his young cousin, John Carlyle of Birmingham, the inscription speaks volumes about the author’s warmth, generosity, and familial bonds.

Dated January 1st, 1866, from Chelsea, Carlyle’s message of “many kind wishes & regards” underscores the significance of the cherished relationships that informed Thomas Carlyle’s life and work.

Thomas Carlyle: A Literary Luminary and Social Critic

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), a towering figure of the 19th century, is renowned for his profound insights into history, society, and the human condition.

His seminal works, including “The French Revolution: A History” and “On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History,” established him as a leading thinker of his time.

Carlyle’s unique writing style, characterized by vivid prose and passionate rhetoric, captivated readers and inspired generations of intellectuals.

He is celebrated for his critique of industrialization, advocacy for social reform, and exploration of the complexities of human nature. Carlyle’s enduring legacy lies in his ability to provoke thought and challenge convention through his writings.

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