Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a Scottish writer, essayist, and historian. He was brought up in a strictly Calvinist household, but as an adult he rejected his Christian faith. His non-Christian viewpoint and his complex and challenging style of thought made him a popular author with sections of the Victorian reading public.
Although Victorian Vista is a made-up title, a controversial biography of Thomas Carlyle was written by his friend James Anthony Froude (1818-1894) under the title Life of Carlyle. The first volume was published in 1882.