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Selected Essays of William Hazlitt 1778 to 1830 [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey Keynes
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

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  • File Size: 1159 KB
  • Print Length: 830 pages
  • Publisher: Symonds Press (April 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UET23G
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not annotated February 4, 2012
By Tyrus07
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In 20/20 hindsight, I wish I'd bought the Oxford Classics version in order to get commentary and footnotes. If you want to "take the express" because you know where you are going with Hazlitt, then this is a fine collection. If you want to take a deep dive, this is not the place to start. It is a nice looking book and handles well. I don't plan to give mine up in spite of my remarks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gusto In All Things October 18, 2009
The essays of William Hazlitt reveal a personality that ranges from a spectrum of an undiluted general antagonism, to one that shares an affinity with nature and art, and to one that insists on the right to be alone. He writes as if his life were discrete chapters with each one emerging as a finely crafted essay. It would be too easy to conclude that his life was absolutely typical of any one essay as one might be tempted to based on, for example, "On the Pleasure of Hating" that his entire existence was given over to misogyny. Rather, the corpus of his essays depicts a man, often in torment, who chose to reveal his feelings of the moment. Whatever demons may have been driving him to write, one quality of character is eternally present--a passion for expression that rings true regardless of the essay topic.

Hazlitt was a man who was reviled by many and he in turn was not bashful about returning the sentiment. As a young man, he was attracted by the promise of liberty of the French Revolution. He was dismayed and disgusted by the turn it took toward bloody excess. Nevertheless, he continued to nostalgically peer backward even as he looked ahead to future and ongoing disappointment. When he first met Wordsworth and Coleridge, he idolized both as lions of liberty. Eventually, they drifted toward conservatism, leaving him fuming at what he saw as no less than rank betrayal. In "My First Acquaintance with Poets," he takes the uncomfortable position of praising them from the vantage of their decade's long drift from liberalism all the while seeming to praise them as elite members of the Romantic pantheon. This essay is one of the very few in which Hazlitt is circumspect in his true feelings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The spirit of the life July 15, 2006
I would recomend this book because Hazlitt is a absolutely expert respect of the people mind and character. After you read to Shakespeare, you must read, by obligation, to William Hazlitt. The clean and wise life it's necesary for a deep spirit. My english seem the most horrible expresion. But the Hazlitt english is the most perfect english. I'm sorry. A good thinking life it's an whole avalaible life. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars INSTANT GRATIFICATION! September 13, 2014
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Its very gratifying to be able to find old and rare books just a click away. Marvel at the modern times which have cut out the pressures and agony for searching what your heart desired in bookstore after bookstore!
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