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SARTOR RESARTUS, is the spiritual autobiography of the Scottish essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle. It was first published serially in Fraser’s Magazine (1833-1834) and then in book form in the United States (1836) and England J1838). Sartor Resartus (“The Tailor Retailored”) reveals the main themes of Carlyle’s transcendental thought and the stylistic qualities of his prose. In order to bring his extravagant, often grotesque, humor into play, Carlyle writes as an editor organizing the papers of an eccentric German professor, Diogenes Teu-felsdrockh (“God-born devil’s-dung”), professor of Things in General at Weissnichtwo (“Know-not-where”). In Book I, an explanation of his “clothes philosophy,” Carlyle insists that just as clothes hide the real body so do the material objects of the earth merely suggest the spiritual reality behind them. Book 2, more personal, deals primarily with Carlyle’s own spiritual struggles. In Book 3 he applies the clothes philosophy to the social institutions of his day.

The prose of Sartor Resartus is distinctly Carlylean—poetic, colorful, highly connotative, and allusive. It is marked by the author’s imaginative command of language and his passionate concern to convey concretely and graphically the truth as revealed to him. Most moving are the chapters entitled “The Everlasting No,’ “Centre of Indifference,” and “The Everlasting Yea,” which brilliantly portray Carlyle’s rebirth after a period of desolation.


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