William Hazlitt


Born
in Maidstone, The United Kingdom
April 10, 1778

Died
September 18, 1830

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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 now part of the 19th-century literary canon, including Charles and Mary Lamb, Stendhal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

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On the Pleasure of Hating

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Selected Writings

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Liber Amoris, Or, The New P...

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The Spirit of the Age

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Table-Talk, Essays on Men a...

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Selected Essays, 1778-1830

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Plain Speaker

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Lectures on the English Poets

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More books by William Hazlitt…
“The art of conversation is the art of hearing as well as of being heard.”
William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830

“The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.”
William Hazlitt, Selected Essays, 1778-1830

“Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own."

[The Sick Chamber (The New Monthly Magazine , August 1830)]”
William Hazlitt, Essays of William Hazlitt: Selected and Edited, with Introduction and Notes, by Frank Carr

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