Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Carlyle, Thomas

(1795-1881) Scottish polemicist, philosopher, historian and editor, of very broad cultural significance in 19th-century thought. He is of fantasy interest through editing and translating a pioneer anthology of German Romantic fiction of the early 19th century, German Romance: Specimens of its Chief Authors, with Biographical and Critical Notices (trans anth 1827 4 vols). Authors represented, often with their best work, include E T A Hoffmann, J K Musäus and J L Tieck. TC's fascination with Romanticism inspired his curiously idiosyncratic Satire Sartor Resartus (1833-1834; 1836 US), an extended exploration of Perception and Reality. [JC]

Thomas Carlyle


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