A Database for an Epoch

Here you will find a perspective on the 19th century like no other, through the words of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. Browse thousands of their collected letters by date, by recipient, by subject, and by volume. We invite you to experience a correspondence that features some of the most influential writers and thinkers of the day.

Welcome to the Carlyle Letters Online

Duke University Press is proud to present this digital archive based on the Duke-Edinburgh edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle. To learn more about the history and development of both projects, please read The Online Project and The Printed Edition.

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The Carlyle Letters Online is the inspiration for the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium, a not-for-profit organization devoted to creating interactive digital archives of life-writing extending from the coronation of Queen Victoria to the outbreak of World War I.