Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh
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Sartor Resartus: The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdröckh

By Thomas Carlyle
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Sartor Resartus (meaning 'The tailor re-tailored') is an 1836 novel by Thomas Carlyle, first published as a serial in 1833–34 in Fraser's Magazine. The novel purports to be a commentary on the thought and early life of a German philosopher called Diogenes Teufelsdröckh (which translates as 'god-born devil-dung'), author of a tome entitled "Clothes: Their Origin and Influence", but was actually a poioumenon. Teufelsdröckh's Transcendentalist musings are mulled over by a skeptical English Reviewer (referred to as Editor) who also provides fragmentary biographical material on the philosopher. The work is, in part, a parody of Hegel, and of German Idealism more generally. However, Teufelsdröckh is also a literary device with which Carlyle can express difficult truths.
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Table of Contents
  • SARTOR RESARTUS:
    • The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh
      • 1831
  • BOOK I.
    • CHAPTER I. PRELIMINARY.
    • CHAPTER II. EDITORIAL DIFFICULTIES.
    • CHAPTER III. REMINISCENCES.
    • CHAPTER IV. CHARACTERISTICS.
    • CHAPTER V. THE WORLD IN CLOTHES.
    • CHAPTER VI. APRONS.
    • CHAPTER VII. MISCELLANEOUS-HISTORICAL.
    • CHAPTER VIII. THE WORLD OUT OF CLOTHES.
    • CHAPTER IX. ADAMITISM.
    • CHAPTER X. PURE REASON.
    • CHAPTER XI. PROSPECTIVE.
    • BOOK II.
    • CHAPTER I. GENESIS.
    • CHAPTER II. IDYLLIC.
    • CHAPTER III. PEDAGOGY.
    • CHAPTER IV. GETTING UNDER WAY.
    • CHAPTER V. ROMANCE.
    • CHAPTER VI. SORROWS OF TEUFELSDROCKH.
    • CHAPTER VII. THE EVERLASTING NO.
    • CHAPTER VIII. CENTRE OF INDIFFERENCE.
    • CHAPTER IX. THE EVERLASTING YEA.
    • CHAPTER X. PAUSE.
    • BOOK III.
    • CHAPTER I. INCIDENT IN MODERN HISTORY.
    • CHAPTER II. CHURCH-CLOTHES.
    • CHAPTER III. SYMBOLS.
    • CHAPTER IV. HELOTAGE.
    • CHAPTER V. THE PHOENIX.
    • CHAPTER VI. OLD CLOTHES.
    • CHAPTER VII. ORGANIC FILAMENTS.
    • CHAPTER VIII. NATURAL SUPERNATURALISM.
    • CHAPTER IX. CIRCUMSPECTIVE.
    • CHAPTER X. THE DANDIACAL BODY.
    • CHAPTER XI. TAILORS.
    • CHAPTER XII. FAREWELL.
    • APPENDIX.
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