Born: April 10, 1778
Died: September 18, 1830
Occupation: Critic, essayist, painter, philosopher
Biography: William Hazlitt was an English writer, remembered for his humanistic essays and literary criticism, and as an art critic, drama critic, social commentator, and philosopher. He was also a painter. 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.