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William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man

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Duncan Wu's portrait of William Hazlitt - covering Hazlitt's entire life - reveals one of the greatest journalists in the language, and the principal spokesman of the Romantic age, interacting with every major writer and many other movers and shakers of the era.
Hardcover, 557 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 23rd 2008)
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It seems a shame I've taken so long to get acquainted with Hazlitt. Now I'll have to go find a good collection of his essays. This is a fine and very accessible scholarly biography.
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One of the finest writers to grace the English language, Hazlitt produced excellent works of journalism, criticism and political commentary. A lifelong opponent of tyranny and a political radical he was a difficult man who made a many enemies being especially hard on former fellow radicals such as Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey who abandoned their principles and became staunch supporters of the establishment and the monarchy. He also estranged quite a few of his friends by reviewing their ...more
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