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On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History (Bison Book S)

Carlyle, Thomas

ISBN 10: 0803250304 / 0-8032-5030-4
ISBN 13: 9780803250307
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: 1966
Binding: Softcover
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The greatest and most enduring of the prophets of the Victorian era, Thomas Carlyle was prescient about the importance of heroism in defining a nation's ambition and character. First published in 1841, his On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History established a foundation for historical studies that has lost none of its importance in an age of sports, photo-ops, and cable news.

From its first pages the book recognizes the intimate connections between heroism and myth. Beginning with the legends of Odin, lord of the Nordic gods, Carlyle describes major forms that heroism can take: in god, poet, warrior, priest, prophet, and king.

His emphasis on the great works of great men was circumscribed by Victorian presumptions. Women are seldom mentioned and little attention is given to the achievements of cooperation. But Carlyle cracked through these limits in the best way he knew: to assert that people have choices and to clarify the role that heroism plays in guiding and inspiring them.


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"How great he was! He made history a song for the first time in our language. He was our English Tacitus."—Oscar Wilde

"A definitive text . . . a crucial standard for further study of Carlyle."—David Nordloh, Indiana University

"The publication of the first scholarly and fully annotated edition of On Heroes is a major intellectual event."—J. Hillis Miller, University of California, Irvine

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"How great he was! He made history a song for the first time in our language. He was our English Tacitus." (Oscar Wilde)

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