Selected Writings

Paperback | June 28, 2009

byWilliam HazlittEditorJon Cook

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William Hazlitt (1778-1830) developed a variety of identities as a writer: essayist, philosopher, critic of literature, drama, and painting, biographer, political commentator, and polemicist. What unites this variety is his dramatic and passionate intelligence, his unswerving commitment toindividual and political liberty, and his courageous opposition to established political and cultural power. Hailed in 1819 as 'one of the ablest and most eloquent critics of our nation', Hazlitt was also reviled for his political radicalism by the conservative press of the period. His writingengages with many of the important cultural and political debates of a revolutionary period, and retains its power both to provoke and move the reader.

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William Hazlitt (1778-1830) developed a variety of identities as a writer: essayist, philosopher, critic of literature, drama, and painting, biographer, political commentator, and polemicist. What unites this variety is his dramatic and passionate intelligence, his unswerving commitment toindividual and political liberty, and his coura...

Jon Cook is Director of the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts, and Lecturer in English Studies at the University of East Anglia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.79 inPublished:June 28, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionNote on the TextSelect BibliographyA Chronology of William HazlittPoliticsWhat is the People?On Consistency of OpinionIllustrations of 'The Times' NewspaperCharacter of Mr. BurkeMalthusThe French RevolutionCultureOn Modern ComedyModern TragedyThe FightThe Indian JugglersOn Public OpinionOn FashionOur National TheatresEnglish CharacteristicsBrummellianaThe SelfSelf-Love and BenevolenceMind and MotiveOn Personal IdentityCharacteristicsHeroesMy First Acquaintance with Poetsfrom The Life of NapoleonEdmund Keanfrom Liber Amoris: ConclusionArt and LiteratureFragments on Art. Why the Arts are not Progressive?Whether the Fine Arts are Promoted by AcademiesOn GustoOriginalityOn the Elgin MarblesHogarthOn Poetry in GeneralShakespeareMacbethCoriolanusMr. WordsworthExplanatory Notes

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"I recommend the Selected Writings of Hazlitt edited by Jan Cook, and the most recent biography, Hazlitt, A Life, by Stanley Jones." --Ottawa Citizen, 13 July 1997 11/11/97