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Thomas Carlyle: A Biography Kindle Edition
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Fred Kaplan's Pulitzer Prize-nominated biography of Carlyle is as researched as it is long. At 600 pages, it covers the entirety of the life of the noted Scottish essayist and philosopher. While it incorporates a great deal of his correspondence and others' notes on Carlyle, Kaplan tends to stay away from literary analyses of Carlyle's writings. Very few other details are spared, however, as Kaplan does a very good job of fleshing out this long-dead thinker. This is a 30th anniversary re-issue of the work, but I think it would hold up against modern biographies. A splendid and absorbing book.