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The German Idea

Coleridge, Carlyle, G. H. Lewes, G. Eliot and the Reception of German Thought, 1800–1860


This book studies the reception in Britain of German literature and thought as embodied in the work, pre-eminently of Goethe, but also of Kant, Lessing, the Schlegels and Schiller.

The author is Professor of English Literature at University College London. Her latest book is The Carlyles: Portrait of a Marriage.


‘tells its absorbing story with a clarity and elegance that makes reading it a delightful as well as a constantly informative and stimulating experience.’

The Times Literary Supplement

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