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Carlyle, Thomas

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Born: 1795 AD
Died: 1881 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: Scottish
Categories: Essayists, Historian, Satirists

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1795 - Carlyle Was born in Ecclefechan, Scotland on December 4, 1975.

 

1813 - Educated at Annan Academy and took up arts and mathematics in Edinburgh University. Upon his graduation he became a teacher at Kirkcaldy.

 

1818 - Commissioned to write articles for the Edinburgh Encyclopedia and for the Edinburgh Review.

 

1819-1821 - Carlyle went back to the University of Edinburgh, where he suffered an intense confusion in faith and conversion that would provide the material for Sartor Resartus.

 

1825 - Began translating the original works of the German writers Goethe and Schiller. He also wrote his own original work the "The Life of Schiller".

 

1826 - Carlyle married Jane Baillie Welsh and moved to London.

 

1832 - Carlyle's first major work, "Sartor Resartus".

 

1858-1865 - Carlyle's last major work was the epic life of "Frederick the Great". Carlyle's opinion about Frederick, it epitomised the transition from the liberal Enlightenment ideals of the 18th century to a new modern culture of spiritual dynamism.

 

1875 - Appointed as rector of the University of Edinburgh.

 

1881 - Carlyle died on February 5, 1881 in London.


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