The Oak and The Acorns:
Recovering the Hidden Carlyle
July 6-8, 2016
To be held at
The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)
"It is an idle question to ask whether his books will be read a century hence: if they were all burnt as the grandest of Suttees on his funeral-pile, it would only be like cutting down an oak after its acorns have sown a forest. For there is hardly a superior or active mind of this generation that has not been modified by Carlyle's writings; there has hardly been an English book written for the last ten or twelve years that would not have been different if Carlyle had not lived."
George Eliot, "Thomas Carlyle" (1855)