William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt

Born: April 10, 1778

Died: September 18, 1830

Nationality: English

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.

Source/Notes: The Round Table: A Collection of Essays on Literature, Men, and Manners, by William Hazlitt, Vol. 1 (1817), p. 171, "On the Causes of Methodism"

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Source/Notes: Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823)
Source/Notes: The Sick Chamber, The New Monthly Magazine (August 1830), reprinted in Essays of William Hazlitt, selected and edited by Frank Carr (London, 1889)

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