William Hazlitt  

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"My first initiation in the mysteries of the art was at the Orleans Gallery: it was there I formed my taste, such as it is; so that I am irreclaimably of the old school in painting. I was staggered when I saw the works there collected, and looked at them with wondering and with longing eyes. A mist passed away from my sight: the scales fell off."--"On The Pleasure Of Painting" (pre-1822) by William Hazlitt

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William Hazlitt (1778 - 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.


Selected works

Selected posthumous collections

  • Literary Remains. 2 vols. Edited by William Carew Hazlitt. London: Saunders and Otley, 1836.
  • Sketches and Essays. Edited by William Carew Hazlitt. London, 1839.
  • Criticisms on Art. Edited by William Carew Hazlitt. London: C. Templeman, 1844.
  • Winterslow: Essays and Characters. Edited by William Carew Hazlitt. London: David Bogue, 1850.
  • The Collected Works of William Hazlitt. 13 vols. Edited by A. R. Waller and Arnold Glover, with an introduction by W. E. Glover. London: J. M. Dent, 1902–1906.
  • New Writings by William Hazlitt. Edited by P. P. Howe. London: Martin Secker, 1925.
  • New Writings by William Hazlitt: Second Series. Edited by P. P. Howe. London: Martin Secker, 1927.
  • Selected Essays of William Hazlitt, 1778–1830. Centenary ed. Edited by Geoffrey Keynes. London: Nonesuch Press, 1930.
  • The Complete Works of William Hazlitt. Centenary ed. 21 vols. Edited by P. P. Howe, after the edition of A. R. Waller and Arnold Glover. London: J. M. Dent, 1931–1934.
  • The Hazlitt Sampler: Selections from his Familiar, Literary, and Critical Essays. Edited by Herschel Moreland Sikes. Greenwich, Conn.: Fawcett Publications, 1961.
  • Selected Writings. Edited by Ronald Blythe. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books, 1970.
  • The Letters of William Hazlitt. Edited by Herschel Moreland Sikes, assisted by Willard Hallam Bonner and Gerald Lahey. London: Macmillan, 1979.
  • Selected Writings. Edited by Jon Cook. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991.
  • The Selected Writings of William Hazlitt. 9 vols. Edited by Duncan Wu. London: Pickering and Chatto, 1998.
  • The Fight, and Other Writings. Edited by Tom Paulin and David Chandler. London: Penguin Books, 2000.
  • Metropolitan Writings. Edited by Gregory Dart. Manchester: Fyfield Books, 2005.
  • New Writings of William Hazlitt. 2 vols. Edited by Duncan Wu. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Other editors of Hazlitt include Frank Carr (1889), D. Nichol Smith (1901), Jacob Zeitlin (1913), Will David Howe (1913), George Sampson (1917), Arthur Beatty (1919?), Charles Calvert (1925?), A. J. Wyatt (1925), Charles Harold Gray (1926), G. E. Hollingworth (1926), Stanley Williams (1937?), R. W. Jepson (1940), Richard Wilson (1942), Catherine Macdonald Maclean (1949), William Archer and Robert Lowe (1958), John R. Nabholtz (1970), Christopher Salvesen (1972), and R. S. White (1996).

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