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Liber Amoris, Or, The New Pygmalion

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Hazlitt, as Pygmalion, mythologizes the obsessional love of his early forties. Galatea is Sarah Walker, the twenty-year old daughter of a tailor in whose house in Chancery Lane Hazlitt took lodgings after separating from his wife. He describes the joys, agonies and humiliations experienced as he worships in Sarah the perfection that he himself has created. The book is writ ...more
Published (first published November 1st 1980)
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Robert Goulding
Well, that was icky

Quite mortifying to read this, having always admired Hazlitt's writing. It seems hardly possible to believe any more there can be any insight or good judgement in his essays, when he could write this, ostensibly to uncover the treachery of the woman he "loved" (stalked, hounded, slobbered over, terrified). He published their letters, transcribed their conversations verbatim, all to convict her; and on every single page he, Hazlitt himself, is almost unbearable to watch.
A good enough place to start with the sadly-overlooked but very interesting Mr. Hazlitt and his wide scope of writing. Hazlitt is crucial to modern/post-modern critical writing because he took an interest in the aesthetics of writing and complexity of narrative before nearly anyone else was doing what today would be consider narratological literary criticism. Hazlitt had a wide-ranging interest in writing, including journalism but also was deeply into both sacred and secular philosophy. He thus ...more
Read this and The Far Side of a Kiss around the same time. They are connected -- Haverty's book being a telling of the story of Liber Amoris from the viewpoint of the girl. And of course - the tie to Pygmalion -- how would one resist this dual read? Well, I suppose one could but I didn't.
If you are interested in the self-absorbed rantings of a man who is in "love" with a girl who repeatedly refuses to reciprocate, this book is for you.
Adam Wahlberg
Masterfu, if a bit disturbing, meditation on obsession and delusion. Reminded me of "Don Quixote."
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William Hazlitt was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, and as a grammarian and philosopher. He is now considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell, but his work is currently little-read and mostly out of print. During his lifetime he befriended many people who are no ...more
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