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 H - Hazlitt


Hazlitt: William Hazlitt, 1778-1830. English essayist, writer, literary critic, philosopher and painter.

He wrote a truly excellent English style, and had a highly courageous and original mind.

The best introduction to him in one volume is Geoffrey Keynes's 1930 edition "Selected Essays of William Hazlitt".

Highly recommended are the following collections of his essays:

  • Table Talk
  • Characters of Shakespeare's Plays
  • The Plain Speaker
  • The Round Table
  • The spirits of the age

that are all available in Everyman's Editions, possibly even in print.

Hazlitt was a great man with a great mind who wrote in a great style. He is far less well known than he deserves to be, essentially because he wrote and thought so very well indeed.


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 Original: Sep 24, 2004                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top