The Spirit of the Age: Or, Contemporary Portraits
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 29 лип. 2016 р. - 274 стор.
"He indeed cloys with sweetness; he obscures with splendour; he fatigues with gaiety. We are stifled on beds of roses."
"William Hazlitt (1788-1830) was diverted from the ministry to letters by the visit to Coleridge and Wordsworth...He produced articles and lectured on the poets till he was well over 40. He then wrote at Winterslow the two famous volumes of 'Table Talk' published 1821-2. The 'Liber Amoris (1823) and 'The Spirit of the Age' (1825) were followed by...a 'Life of Napoleon Bonaparte (1828-30) and by his death in the latter year." -An English Anthology of Prose and Poetry
"Hazlitt was a man of genius. In politics he was rather a radical than a whig; he opposed with all the bitterness of sarcasm every constituted authority, and all the existing state of things." -The Gentleman's Magazine
"An incomparable gallery of contemporary portraits....Not a poet himself, Hazlitt had a feeling for poetry and understood poetry as hardly any other critic has done. His judgment, as Professor Saintsbury points out, was often obscured by driving clouds of furious prejudice. But he strove to be a just judge, and if he was often less than fair, no one has ever denied his right to the splendid compliment that he never praised what was bad. His place of pride among English critics was won by a combination of qualities rare, if not unique. To very few critics are given both the unerring eye and the persuasive voice. It is Hazlitt's peculiar charm that he combines insight with enthusiasm. To listen to Hazlitt decanting on an author you know and love is to treble at once both your knowledge and your love. He furnishes you with hooks of finest steel with which to grapple the subject to your heart.." -The Bookman
"Hazlitt's Essays on Godwin, Coleridge, Irving, Scott, Byron, Wordsworth, and eight other literary figures of the day are here collected." -Book News
REV. MR. IRVING
THE LATE MR. HORNE TOOKE
SIR WALTER SCOTT
MR. CAMPBELL--MR. CRABBE
SIR JAMES MACKINTOSH
MR. BROUGHAM--SIR F. BURDETT
LORD ELDON--MR. WILBERFORCE
MR. T. MOORE--MR. LEIGH HUNT