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Although he never abandoned his goal of writing a philosophical treatise on the disinterestedness of the human mind, it had to be put aside indefinitely. William Hazlitt 10 April — 18 September was an English essayist, drama and literary criticpainter, social commentator, and philosopher. In Septemberhe had met William Godwin[24] the reformist thinker whose recently published Political Justice had taken English intellectual circles by storm.

Hazlitt would frequently visit him—by then about 80 years old—and filetjpe conversed endlessly on men and manners, the illustrious figures of Northcote’s younger days, particularly Reynolds, and the arts, particularly painting.

This direct, personal account of a prize fight, commingling refined literary allusions with popular slang, [] was controversial in its time as depicting too “low” a subject.

William Hazlitt

Finally, his wife agreed to grant him a Scottish divorce, which would allow him to remarry as he could not had he been divorced in England. In large part, however, Hazlitt was then living a decidedly contemplative existence, one somewhat frustrated by his failure to express on paper the thoughts and feelings that were churning within him. In fact, after three and half years, tensions likely resulting from as Stanley Jones put it Hazlitt’s “improvidence”, his son’s dislike of her, and neglect of his wife due to his obsessive absorption in preparing an immense biography of Napoleon, resulted in her abrupt departure, and they never lived together again.

Miss Stoddart, an unconventional woman, accepted Hazlitt and tolerated his eccentricities just as he, with his own somewhat offbeat individualism, accepted her. Grayling notes that Kenneth Clark “described Hazlitt as the ‘best critic of art before Ruskin’. His mind nearly snapped.


He found relief by a change of course, shifting the focus of his analysis from the acting of Shakespeare’s plays to the substance of the works themselves. No thesis is overtly stated, but some thoughts are developed consistently throughout. Writing for so highly respected a publication was considered a major step up from writing for weekly papers, and Hazlitt was proud of this connection.

He competed with savage intensity, dashing around the court like a madman, drenched in sweat, and was accounted a good player. In early he delivered a series of talks on “the English Poets”, from Chaucer to his own time. Byhis work was considered good enough that a portrait he had recently painted of his father was accepted for exhibition by the Royal Academy.

Coleridge, whom Hazlitt had once idolised, gets special attention, but, again, with an attempt to moderate earlier criticisms. If the stage [alluding to his remarks in “The Free-Admission”] shows us the masks of men and the pageant of the world, books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own.

Written inHazlitt liked it well enough to have already had it printed twice before and it would appear again in a collection of political essays in Malthus’s reasoning applied as an answer The curriculum at Hackney was very broad, including a grounding in the Greek and Latin classicsmathematicshistory, government, science, and, of course, religion. He was also constantly considering the manners of the people and the differences between the English and the French and later, to a lesser extent, the Italians and Swiss.

First, however, he brought to fruition another favourite idea. The arrangement seems to have had a strong element of convenience for both of them. Together they made an agreeable social foursome with the Lambs, who visited them when they set up a household in Winterslowa village a few miles from SalisburyWiltshire, in southern England.

On returning to London with his son in AugustHazlitt was shocked to discover that his wife, still in Paris, was leaving him. These essays were not quite like anything ever done before. Less than a fifth of his projected masterpiece consists of Hazlitt’s own words. Hazlitt aimed to create the best pictures he could, whether they flattered their subjects or not, and neither poet was satisfied with his result, though Wordsworth and their mutual friend Robert Southey considered his portrait of Coleridge a better likeness than one by the celebrated James Northcote.


Some of his “paradoxes” are so hyperbolic as to shock when encountered out of context: Hazlitt’s philippicdismissing Malthus’s argument on population limits as sycophantic rhetoric to flatter the rich, since large swathes of uncultivated land lay all round England, has been hailed as “the most substantial, comprehensive, and brilliant of the Romantic ripostes to Malthus”.

William Hazlitt – Wikipedia

The far-ranging eclectic variety of the topics treated would typify his output in succeeding years: In Augusta month after his father’s death at 83, acquaitnance rented a couple of rooms in 9 Southampton Buildings in Fipetype from a tailor named Micaiah Walker. Critics have been divided as to the literary merits of Liber Amorisa deeply personal account of firrst love that is quite unlike anything else Hazlitt ever wrote.

Other editors of Hazlitt include Frank CarrD. That was the last straw for Sarah, who moved into rooms with their son and broke with Hazlitt for good, forcing him to find his own accommodation.

Though Hazlitt continued to think of himself as a “metaphysician”, he began to feel comfortable in the role of journalist. Hereafter, references to Works will imply “Hazlitt, Works “. Little is known about this Scottish-born widow of the Chief Justice of Grenadaor about her acquaintnce with Hazlitt. Quoted in Gilmartin, pp. Did the French really have a “butterfly, airy, thoughtless, fluttering character”?

AroundHazlitt found new inspiration and encouragement from Joseph Fawcetta retired clergyman and prominent reformer, whose enormous breadth of taste left the young thinker awestruck. With few commissions for painting, Hazlitt seized the opportunity to ready for publication his philosophical treatise, which, according to his son, acquaintace had completed by