William Hasslitt Essays.

Printed: 1964

Publisher: The Folio Society. London

Dimensions 15 × 24 × 2 cm

Language: English

Size (cminches): 15 x 24 x 2

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In a fitted box. Red cloth binding with black title plate and gilt banding and lettering on the spine. Gilt line design on the front board from Brittish Museum.

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His works having fallen out of print, Hazlitt’s reputation declined. In the late 1990s his reputation was reasserted by admirers and his works reprinted. Two major works by others then appeared: The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt’s Radical Style by Tom Paulin in 1998 and Quarrel of the Age: The Life and Times of William Hazlitt by A. C. Grayling in 2000. Hazlitt’s reputation has continued to rise, and now many contemporary thinkers, poets, and scholars consider him one of the greatest critics in the English language, and its finest essayist

In 2003, following a lengthy appeal initiated by Ian Mayes together with A. C. Grayling, Hazlitt’s gravestone was restored in St Anne’s Churchyard, and unveiled by Michael Foot. A Hazlitt Society was then inaugurated. The society publishes an annual peer-reviewed journal called The Hazlitt Review.

One of Soho’s fashionable hotels is named after the writer. Hazlitt’s hotel located on Frith Street is the last of the homes William lived in and today still retains much of the interior he would have known so well.

The Jonathan Bate Novel The Cure for Love (1998) was based indirectly on Hazlitt’s life.

William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 – 18 September 1830) was an English essayist, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. He is now considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He is also acknowledged as the finest art critic of his age. Despite his high standing among historians of literature and art, 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, William Wordsworth, and John Keats.

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