His first book, "Sartor Resartus" (1833-1834), eventually had great popular success, although initially he had a very difficult time finding a publisher. His next and most important book, "The French Revolution", suffered a serious setback when he sent a partial draft to John Stuart Mill, who accidentally burnt it, wasting months of Carlyle's work. Without money, and with a wife to support, Carlyle worked furiously to finish the book, which was published in 1837 to popular acclaim, solving Carlyle's financial problems.

— Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish Writer  

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