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Sartor resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh in three books

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Hardback in GC, a crease on front board, bottom right corner. Dark green 'half-leather', faded spine, gilt titling, a little foxing. In English. Signed by an earlier owner on front flyleaf. 'Third Edition'

This extraordinary work is at one and the same time an account of a personal spiritual crisis and a hilarious spoof on academic learning, early Victorian values and materialism. In Sartor Resartus ('the tailor retailored') a fictitious editor retells the theories of an equally fictitious German professor who has come to the conclusion that human institutions and morals are only clothes to shield us from nothingness, clothes that can be changed as the whims of the age or fashion dictate.
This radically deconstructive vision reveals the very highest symbols of belief for what they are - merely symbols. How to believe in anything after such an insight is a question even more acute today than it was in Carlyle's time, when he first asked it in this masterpiece of invention, parody and profound laughter.
Originally published in 1831.

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Author(s):
Carlyle, Thomas
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
20.5 x 13 x 2.5 cm
Edition:
M.DCCC.XLIX 1849
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
324
Publisher:
Chapman Hall
Title:
Sartor resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh in three books

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Hardback in GC, a crease on front board, bottom right corner. Dark green 'half-leather', faded spine, gilt titling, a little foxing. In English. Signed by an earlier owner on front flyleaf. 'Third Edition'

This extraordinary work is at one and the same time an account of a personal spiritual crisis and a hilarious spoof on academic learning, early Victorian values and materialism. In Sartor Resartus ('the tailor retailored') a fictitious editor retells the theories of an equally fictitious German professor who has come to the conclusion that human institutions and morals are only clothes to shield us from nothingness, clothes that can be changed as the whims of the age or fashion dictate.
This radically deconstructive vision reveals the very highest symbols of belief for what they are - merely symbols. How to believe in anything after such an insight is a question even more acute today than it was in Carlyle's time, when he first asked it in this masterpiece of invention, parody and profound laughter.
Originally published in 1831.

Author(s):
Carlyle, Thomas
Condition:
Used: good
Dimensions:
20.5 x 13 x 2.5 cm
Edition:
M.DCCC.XLIX 1849
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
324
Publisher:
Chapman Hall
Title:
Sartor resartus: the life and opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh in three books

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