Carlyle Letters

The Carlyle Letters Online

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A fully digitized version of one of the most comprehensive literary archives of the nineteenth century, The Carlyle Letters Online features thousands of letters written by Scottish author and historian Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801-1866), to over 600 recipients throughout the world.

Browse over 10,000 of their collected letters by date, recipient, subject, and volume. Explore a correspondence that features some of the most influential artistic, philosophical, and literary personalities of the day. The Carlyle Letters Online is an ongoing project, and new letters will be added periodically. 


In part because of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Delmas Foundation, The Carlyle Letters Online is currently available at no charge to institutions and individuals.

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Designed as a "collection that knows itself," each letter in the collection is comprehensively indexed and searchable by date, subject, and recipient, encourages discovery and facilitates research. 

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