William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt

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April 10, 1778
September 18, 1830
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William Hazlitt 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.Life and worksBackgroundThe family of Hazlitt's father were Irish Protestants who moved from the county of Antrim to Tipperary in the early 18th century.

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