Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) was a Scottish essayist, satirist, and historian, known for his belief in "great men" as agents for remedying the human condition and for his idiosyncratically forceful prose style.
The works for which he is best known are Sartor Resartus, History of the French Revolution and Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History. He also played an important role in allowing Oliver Cromwell to speak for himself in his Oliver Cromwell's letters and speeches.
- Drabble, M (ed). Oxford Companion to English Literature. Oxford University Press. Revised edition 1995