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About the Author

Michael K. Goldberg is Professor of English, University of British Columbia. He has written widely on the 19th century including "Carlyle and Dickens" (Georgia, 1972). Joel J. Brattin is Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mark Engel is a student of philosophy, a professional editor, and an independent scholar.

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  • Series: Dover Value Editions
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Abridged edition (October 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486445135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486445137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,015,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This extraordinary work is more like a film scenario than a modern history. Its flashes of lightning pick out and illuminate dramatic scenes, vividly portrayed, like King Louis' doomed flight to Varennes. Carlyle famously described `the incorruptible sea-green Robespierre'.

Carlyle acknowledges, contrary to convention, "there is no period to be met with, in which the general Twenty-five Millions of France suffered less than in this period which they name Reign of Terror."

He praises the revolution as "Surely a great phenomenon: nay it is a transcendental one, overstepping all rules and experience; the crowning phenomenon of our Modern Time."
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This is an abridged version of the three volume work by Carlyle. It has useful chronologies of the Revolution, Carlyle's life, a chart of the Bourbon dynasty, an explanation of the Revolution's calendar system, and an excellent glossary. However there are no illustrations and Carlyle's prose is not an easy read. Students of Dickens' Tale of Two Cities will find the book useful.
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If you want to sample the smoke in your nostrils, blood on your shoes, and vengeful mob immediacy of Carlyle without all of the ponderous stuff, this abridgment is your ticket.
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It was better than I expected
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