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Past and Present (Paperback): Thomas Carlyle
Past and Present (Paperback): Thomas Carlyle

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Past and Present (Paperback)

Thomas Carlyle

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PAST AND PRESENT - 1912 - INTRODUCTION - Being an appreciation from The Dial 1 BY RALPH WALDO EMERSON HERB is Carlyles new poem, his Iliad of English woes, to follow his poem on France, entitled the History of Us French Revolution. In its first aspect it is a political tract, and since Burke, since Milton, we have had nothing to compare with it. It grapples honestly with the facts lying before all men, groups and disposes them with a masters mind, and, with a heart full of manly tenderness, offers hls best counsel to his brothers. Obviously it is the book of a powerful and accomplished thinker, who has looked with naked eyes at the dreadful political signs in England for the last few years, has conversed much on these topics with such wisemen of all ranks and parties as are drawn to a scholars house, until such daily and nightly meditation has grown into a great connection, if not a system of thoughts and the topic of English politics becomes the best vehicle for the expression of his recent thinking, recommended to him by the desire to give some timely counsels, and to strip the worst mischiefs of their plausibility. It is a brave and just book, and not a semblance. No new truth, say the critics on all sides. Is it so Truth is very old, but the merit of seers is not to invent but to dispose objects in their right places, and he is the commander who is always in the mount, whose eye not only sees details, but throws crowds of details into their right arrangement and a larger and juster totality than any other. The book makes great approaches to true contemporary history, a very rare success, and firmly Past and Present holds up to daylight the absurdities still tolerated in the Englishand European system. It is such an appeal to the conscience and honour of England as cannot be forgotten, or be feigned to be forgotten. It has the merit which belongs to every honest book, that it was self-examining before it was eloquent, and so hits all other men, and, as the country people say of good preaching, comes bounce down into every pew. Every reader shall carry away something. The scholar shall read and write, the farmer and mechanic shall toil, with new resolution, nor forget the book when they resume their labour. Though no theocrat, and more than most philosophers a believer in political systems, Mr. Carlyle very fairly finds the calamity of the times, not in bad bills of Parliament, nor the remedy in good bills, but the vice in false and superiicial aims of the people, and the remedy in honesty and insight. Like every work of genius, its great value is in telling such simple truths...


Imprint: Read Books
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: October 2007
First published: October 2007
Authors: Thomas Carlyle
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-1-4086-2994-9
Barcode: 9781408629949
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Social institutions > General
LSN: 1-4086-2994-1

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