Thomas Carlyle

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Birthday
4, 1795
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Feb 5, 1881 (85)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
4, 1795
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Feb 5, 1881 (85)

About

Remembered for his satirical and historical publications, this nineteenth-century, Scottish-born author penned such famous works as On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History; Sartor Resartus; and The French Revolution: A History.

Before Fame

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh, he became a schoolteacher. Early in his literary career, he translated the works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and other prominent German authors.

Trivia

He was a close friend of the American writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Family Life

In the mid-1820s, he married fellow writer and scholar Jane Welsh. The unhappy union lasted until Welsh's death in 1866.

Associated With

Charles Dickens' famous novel A Tale of Two Cities was enriched by its author's deep knowledge of Carlyle's French Revolution-themed historical works.