Political Essays, 1819

Woodstock Books, 1990 - 439 pagina's
"'Essays' is perhaps too solemn a word to describe the pieces in this volume of political and personal commentary. Politically Hazlitt belonged to a party of one, which makes his journalism diverting, unexpected, and occasionally devastating. He deals with political subjects and figures (Chatham, Burke, Fox, Pitt), and with literary personalities (Coleridge, Malthus, Southey). There are vigorous reviews of such works of immediate social and intellectual importance as Robert Owen's New view of society. There are articles on topics of perennial interest such as the spy-system. He provides a unique perspective on his contemporaries and his times: there is no other prose writer of the age of such compelling readability."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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William Hazlitt was born on April 10, 1778 in Maidstone, England. As a young man, he studied for the ministry at Hackney College in London, but eventually realized that he wasn't committed to becoming a minister. After he lacked success as a portrait painter, he turned to writing. His first book, An Essay on the Principles of Human Action, was published in 1805. His other works include Free Thoughts on Public Affairs, Round Table, Table Talk, Spirit of the Age, Characters of Shakespeare, A View of the English Stage, English Poets, English Comic Writers, Political Essays with Sketches of Public Characters, Plain Speaker, and The Life of Napoleon. He died of stomach cancer on September 18, 1830.

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