Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Froude, James Anthony. Thomas Carlyle: a history of the first forty years of his life 1795-1835. London, 1882.

Part of the private library of the London bookseller William Foyle, these volumes have been enhanced with the addition of over 400 illustrations, including etchings, engravings and photographs of people and places associated with Carlyle. Also included are three autograph letters from ‘the sage of Chelsea’ himself. The Library holds copies of these works with annotations and corrections by Alexander Carlyle, the author’s nephew. James Anthony Froude, Carlyle’s literary executor, maintained that his biography was ‘no “Life”, but only the materials for a “Life”‘. This biography was not simply an exercise in hagiography – Froude refused to overlook Carlyle’s well-known defects of character.

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