Thomas Carlyle | Critical Review by The Athenaeum

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Critical Review by The Athenaeum

SOURCE: A review of The French Revolution, in The Athenaeum, May 20, 1837, pp. 353-55.

In the following review, the anonymous critic offers a negative assessment of The French Revolution, describing Carlyle's history as "flippant pseudo-philosophy" and condemning his use of German idiomatic expressions and style.

Originality of thought is unquestionably the best excuse for writing a book; originality of style is a rare and a refreshing merit; but it is paying rather dear for one's whistle, to qualify for obtaining it in the university of Bedlam. Originality, without justness of thought, is but novelty of error; and originality of style, without sound taste and discretion, is sheer affectation. Thus, as ever, the corruptio optimi turns out to be pessima; the abortive attempt to be more than nature has made us, and to add a cubit to our stature, ends by placing...

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