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William Hazlitt: Political Essayist

Kevin Gilmartin


Over the course of a literary career that extended from the lingering Malthusian controversies of the late eighteenth century to the brink of the Reform Act of 1832, William Hazlitt produced a remarkable body of committed radical journalism. Against the view that partisan passion undermined his aesthetic judgment and compromised his celebrated disinterestedness, this book restores politics to the center of his achievement as a critic and essayist. In doing so, it explores his constructive relationship with the early nineteenth-century popular reform movement, while acknowledging his desire to ... More

Keywords: William Hazlitt, Romanticism, radicalism, politics, criticism, prose

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198709312
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198709312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin Gilmartin, author
Professor of English Literature, California Institute of Technology