[Chapter 5, note 7, 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. not in print version indicates a link to material not in the original print version. GPL]

See the discussion of Coleridge above, chapter 3. Gerald Mulderig demonstrates how Carlyle set Sterling against Coleridge but does not note the similarities between them. My argument is that Carlyle's literature did not turn out to be any more satisfactory than Coleridge's religion. Although Sterling was active while Coleridge was inactive, Sterling's activities had no more practical issue than did Coleridge's endless talk.


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