10 April 2017 Susannah

William Hazlitt – English essayist, born 10 April 1778

William Hazlett quote by Susannah Fullerton

HAPPY BIRTHDAY – William Hazlitt, 10 April

William Hazlitt self-portrait (1802)

William Hazlitt self-portrait (1802)

Hazlitt was more than an essayist – he was also a superb art critic, a philosopher, a drama critic and friend of the great Romantics Coleridge and Wordsworth. And he was an artist – have a look at his portrait of his friend Charles Lamb.

I fell in love with Hazlitt over his work Liber Amoris, his account of his infatuation with his landlord’s daughter Sarah Walker. She was not worthy of the love he felt for her, and she was 22 years younger, but he could not see how ordinary she really was. It is funny, tragic and very moving. Many years ago I saw a TV drama made from the story, but have never seen or heard of it since.

Do you enjoy William Hazlitt’s work. Please let me know in the comment area below.

   All That is Worth Remembering, Selected Essays of William Hazlitt Edited by Duncan Wu
   Liber Amoris By William Hazlitt

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Body image credit- William Hazlitt self-portrait (1802) Portraiture in the Oxford DNB, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4152121

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