The Spirit Of The Age

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Kessinger Publishing, 2004 - Fiction - 176 pages
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Mr. Gifford has no pretensions to be thought a man of genius, of taste, or even of general knowledge. He merely understands the mechanical and instrumental part of learning. He is a critic of the last age, when the different editions of an author, or the dates of his several performances were all that occupied the inquiries of a profound scholar, and the spirit of the writer or the beauties of his style were left to shift for themselves, or exercise the fancy of the light and superficial reader. In studying an old author, he has no notion of any thing beyond adjusting a point, proposing a different reading, or correcting, by the collation of various copies, an error of the press.

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User Review  - Lucy - Goodreads

'Little-read nowadays', says the Goodreads guru, and I can see why. I like dense prose but this defeated me. When I could see round the circumlocutions, the content was disappointingly trivial. Maybe ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Buhler - Goodreads

I finished half of this book. Hazlitt writes of his contemporanious authors with both praise and blame - mostly blame. I would have liked to learn more about his subjects and less of his opinions ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Duncan Wu is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is the editor of "Romanticism: An Anthology, Women Romantic Poets: An Anthology, Romanticism: A Critical reader, A Companion to Romanticism," and "Wordsworth's Five-Book Prelude," all published by Blackwell. He also edits the "Charles Lamb Bulletin," and is currently preparing a 9-volume edition of Hazlitt's selected works for publication in 1998.

Tom Paulin is G.M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford University. His major study of William Hazlitt, "The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style," was published in 1998 by Faber and Faber, publishers of his several volumes of poetry, including "Selected Poems 1972-1990," and of the critical collections "Minotaur: Poetry and the Nation State" (1992) and "Writing to the Moment: Selected Critical Essays 1980-1996.

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