[Chapter 3, note 16, of the author's Carlyle and the Search for Authority, which the Ohio State University Press published in 1991. It appears in the Victorian web with the kind permission of the author, who of course retains copyright. indicates a link to material not in the original print version. GPL]

When Sartor finally appeared in Fraser's, the reactions were almost entirely unfavorable (EL, 2:461). It should be noted that all of the responses to Sartor Resartus discussed here came after the 1834 publication, but they indicate attitudes that were surely apparent earlier, as Carlyle's statements about his feeling of isolation, discussed below, indicate. I am concerned with how his contemporaries responded to the rhetoric of Sartor Resartus; for detailed analyses of this rhetoric, see Holloway, chap. 2; Tennyson, Sartor; Levine, Boundaries of Fiction and "The Use and Abuse of Carlylese"; Brookes; and Landow, Elegant Jeremiahs [full text].


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