[Chapter 6, note 3, 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]

Examples abound. About midway through "Edward Irving," he writes that although the manuscript should probably be "burnt when done," he will continue with it because it calms and soothes him (307). After finishing "Lord Jeffrey," he writes "I must carefully endeavour to find out some new work for myself" (341). But the compulsion to narrate was so strong that after writing that he has "no wish or need to record" Jane Carlyle's death, he goes on to do so (1.64).


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