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Selected Writings

William Hazlitt
Edited by Jon Cook

28 May 2009

ISBN: 9780199552528

480 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £9.99



William Hazlitt (1778-1830) developed a variety of identities as a writer: essayist, philosopher, critic of literature, drama, and painting, biographer, political commentator, and polemicist. What unites this variety is his dramatic and passionate intelligence, his unswerving commitment to individual and political liberty, and his courageous opposition to established political and cultural power. Hailed in 1819 as `one of the ablest and most eloquent critics of our nation', Hazlitt was also reviled for his political radicalism by the conservative press of the period. His writing engages with many of the important cultural and political debates of a revolutionary period, and retains its power both to provoke and move the reader.

About the Author(s)

William Hazlitt

Edited by Jon Cook, Director, Centre for Creative and Performing Arts, and Lecturer in English Studies, University of East Anglia


I recommend the Selected Writings of Hazlitt edited by Jan Cook, and the most recent biography, Hazlitt, A Life, by Stanley Jones. - Ottawa Citizen, 13 July 1997

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