All That is Worth Remembering

All That is Worth Remembering : Selected Essays of William Hazlitt

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Why read Hazlitt today? Because no one celebrates better than he did the imaginative power of the mind as it invests itself in theatre, painting, literature, music and philosophy. But there is nothing fanciful or lightweight about him. He sees clearly into the darkness of the human heart, perceives 'its various threads of meanness, spite, cowardice, want of feeling, and want of understanding, of indifference towards others and ignorance of ourselves'. That undeceived vision and love of life makes him as compelling as ever. Duncan Wu
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 120 x 190 x 17mm | 200g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1
  • 1907903941
  • 9781907903946
  • 25,746

Table of contents

Introduction by Duncan Wu People Character of John Bull On Gusto On Good Nature On Poetical Versatility The Times Newspaper: On the Connexion Between Toad-Eaters and Tyrants On Egotism On Reason and Imagination On the Spirit of Monarchy Sir Walter Scott The New School of Reform London Solitude Party Spirit
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About William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt is one of the great English essayists. He was born in 1778 in Maidstone, Kent. Soon after, the Hazlitt family went briefly to America before settling in Wem, Shropshire, where Hazlitt's father became a Unitarian preacher. As a young man Hazlitt followed his father into the ministry but lost his faith. After failing in his ambition to become a portrait painter, he took a job as journalist with one of the most important daily newspapers of the day, the Morning Chronicle. He had discovered his calling as one of the most courageous writers of his time, unafraid of attacking powerful figures including the poet laureate, politicians, even the king. In the course of a career that lasted less than three decades, he wrote some of the finest literary journalism, art criticism, sports commentary, and theatrical reviews of the Romantic period. Had it not been for him, the conversational essay we know today would not exist. Though he enjoyed considerable fame, he died in poverty and relative obscurity in Frith Street, London, in 1830. Duncan Wu was a postdoctoral Fellow of the British Academy (1991 - 4), and Professor of English Literature at the Universities of Glasgow (1995 - 2000) and Oxford (2000 - 8). He is currently Professor of English at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. His biography, William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man, was published by Oxford University Press in 2008.
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