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This is the ANTIQUE BOOK: SARTOR RESARTUS BY THOMAS CARLYLE. This Small Volume is duodecimo size with 332p; light foxing interior end pages; grade is VG+. Note the NOUVEAU Flower Cover Decorataions. No date found; however, we can date this SMALL VOLUME circa 1900. *****More info: Author: Carlyle, Thomas. Domain: Philosophy, Literature. Genre: Prose fiction. Country: England, Britain, Europe. Carlyle's literary career may be traced back to 1826, a time when economic recession was squeezing journalists hard, and Carlyle, just starting out in the trade, decided he had to make desperate economies by leaving Edinburgh and retiring to his wife's remote homestead at Craigenputtock. Here, after several lean years, he began to rework some of his old unpublished articles on German literature into a short piece more immediately accessible to the average British journal reader. Called “Sartor Resartus”, this “thought piece” was no more than a short skit poking fun at the British addiction to empiricism as a form of knowledge, and contrasting it to the more comprehensive outlook of the German romantics. In fact, the obscure Latin title actually gives the game away. Sartor Resartus literally means “the tailor re-tailored”, an old pun (stemming from the Renaissance Florentine humanist, Coluccio Salutati) collapsing the distinction between the human intellect and literary editor's “cut-and-paste” activity, and between effortless divine thought and laborious manual craft. If we imagine the question “Is creativity possible?” to be the one to which Carlyle seeks to respond, then his answer is both “yes” (we instinctively recognize a creative original when we see one), and “no” (when we try to analyze it, it slips through our fingers like water). Only this ambiguous double answer will suffice.