On the Choice of Books

Author: Thomas Carlyle
Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 37,705 / 115 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 64.2
LoC Category: Z
Downloads: 1,012
Added to site: 2004.11.14
mnybks.net#: 9115
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Non-fiction, Essays
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nglish journals and periodicals--whatever may be their worth? Of antiquarian studies, too, there is no lack. From some of our heights I can descry, about a day's journey to the west, the hill where Agricola and his Romans left a camp behind them. At the foot of it I was born, and there both father and mother still live to love me. And so one must let time work."

The above letter was printed by Goethe himself, in his Preface to a German transition of Carlyle's "Life of Schiller," published at Frankfort in 1830. Other pleasant records of the intercourse between them exist in the shape of sundry graceful copies of verses addressed by Goethe to Mrs. Carlyle, which will be found in the collection of his poems.

Carlyle had now fairly started as an original writer. From the lonely farm of Craigenputtoch went forth the brilliant series of Essays contributed to the Edinburgh, Westminster, and Foreign Reviews, and to Fraser's Magazine, which were not long in gaining for him a literary reputation in both hemispher

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