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Lifetime: 1778 - 1830 Passed: ≈ 193 years ago


Essayist, Literary Critic, Painter, Philosopher


United Kingdom

William Hazlitt

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.

Books by William Hazlitt

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Characters of Shakespeare's Plays

Non-Fiction Essays Reference work
19th century Analysis Literary Criticism Character Develpoment

Characters of Shakespeare's Plays is a book by William Hazlitt, a 19th-century English essayist and critic. The book is a collection of essays in which Hazlitt discusses and analyzes the characters of Shakespeare's plays. Hazlitt begins the book wit...