from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hazlitt, William 1778-1830. British essayist noted for his trenchant literary criticism. His works include The Characters of Shakespeare's Plays (1817).

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  • n. English essayist and literary critic (1778-1830)


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  • I must tell you Hazlitt is here, and will shortly, so he says, proceed to Rome, where he is to study your Raphael and Michael, and write a book on them.

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  • Hazlitt is at once having fun with the metaphor of taste and working hard to make the case for gusto, a term that had been in use on the continent before British taste philosophy stripped it of its lustier pleasures and abstracted it into aesthetic disinterestedness.

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  • Steele, and Hazlitt is remembering the analogy Addison makes in Spectator #409 between a "mental" taste for fine writing and a "sensitive" taste for things perceived physically through the palate (450).

    Alexis Soyer and the Rise of the Celebrity Chef

  • Hazlitt is not being entirely facetious when, at one point in On Reading Old

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  • Hazlitt is concerned here to rescue the reading public from such high-cultural scorn as Coleridge's; yet, at the same time, he doesn't hesitate to take issue with its distempered appetite, chiding it for indulging the partisan excesses of the Ministerial Press.

    Periodical Indigestion

  • As Talfourd implicitly recognizes but hesitates to accede to, the intersection of politics and literature in Hazlitt's writing can in no way be confined to that writing which presents itself as overtly "political."

    Periodical Indigestion

  • Indeed, although contemporary reviewers repeatedly criticize Hazlitt for the intrusion of political invective upon what is supposed to be tasteful literary criticism, any attempt to distinguish, once-and-for-all, political from literary writing in Hazlitt is bound to fail.

    Periodical Indigestion

  • A preliminary answer may be read, once again, in Hazlitt's figure of the critic-as-coquette, whose impudent versatility qualifies him to direct fashions, yet renders him vulnerable to appropriation and redirection by party politics.

    Periodical Indigestion

  • The intensely piquante collision of the political with the literary in Hazlitt's own writing marks it as dangerously critical for a periodical press that is (most prominently between Waterloo and Peterloo) singularly preoccupied with the relation between romantic politics and romantic writing, a relation characterized by an aestheticization of politics that is as uncontrollable as it is unavoidable.

    Periodical Indigestion

  • (similar to the neoclassical "beau ideal"), or of the "time-bound" world of natural mortality (as in Hazlitt's and Haydon's verisimilitudea beauty and truth arising out of nature).

    The Timeless in Its Time: Engaging Students in a Close-reading and Discussion of the Historical Contexts of 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'


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