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  • ‘The French Revolution’ by Thomas Carlyle

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on November 2nd, 2011 (All posts by )

    In my previous post I had linked to the Internet Archive.

    I recommend one book that you’ll find there, The French Revolution by the historian and satirical writer Thomas Carlyle. Besides the HTML version the IA also offers the book in a number of other formats.

    Carlyle’s prose is very much a matter of taste. If you are interested in the subject matter and enjoy his eccentric and heavily metaphorical style of writing you are in for a real treat.


    9 Responses to “‘The French Revolution’ by Thomas Carlyle”

    1. Lexington Green Says:

      Ralf, I have that one on the shelf. I will get to it one of these days.

    2. ahem Says:

      I would also recommend Hippolyte Taine’s contemporary account, also online.

    3. Ralf Goergens Says:


      ‘I’ll get to it one of these days’ is a daily thought of mine. I have had Churchill’s Marlborough and Gibbon’s Decline and Fall on the shelf directly over my bed for years, but so far I simply couldn’t get around to either of them.


      thanks, Taine seems an interesting author.

    4. Lexington Green Says:

      Read Churchill’s My Early Life. It is not long and it is very good.

    5. Ralf Goergens Says:

      I am sure that it is very sure. I have browsed through Marlborough and certainly enjoyed the parts I read.

    6. Ralf Goergens Says:

      “I am sure that it is very good”, of course.

    7. dearieme Says:

      You really must read Gibbon.

    8. Ralf Goergens Says:

      You really must read Gibbon.

      Oh, I will, as soon as possible.

    9. Lexington Green Says:

      I am saving Gibbon for my retirement, if that ever happens. Also Macaualay. Churchill said his speaking and writing style was based on Gibbon and Macaulay.