Hazlitt, William, 1778-1830

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Birth 1778-04-10
Death 1830-09-18

Biographical notes:

In October 1812, William Hazlitt was hired by the Morning Chronicle as a parliamentary reporter. Soon he met John Hunt, publisher of the Examiner, and his younger brother Leigh Hunt, the poet and essayist, who edited the weekly paper. Hazlitt began to contribute miscellaneous essays to the Examiner in 1813, and the scope of his work for the Chronicle was expanded to include drama criticism, literary criticism, and political essays. In 1814 the Champion was added to the list of periodicals that accepted Hazlitt's literary and political criticism.

From the description of Reporting notes : manuscript, 1813-1814. (Grolier Club). WorldCat record id: 649499660

English writer and painter.

From the description of Liber Amoris : autograph manuscript : Stamford, Lincolnshire, 1822. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870180

William Hazlitt, English writer and painter.

From the description of William Hazlitt manuscript material : 16 items, 1799-1828 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 311119379

English literary and social critic William Hazlitt was born April 10, 1778, in Maidstone, Kent, England.

Best known for his essays on a wide range of topics, William Hazlitt also studied painting, and in 1803, painted portraits of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

Hazlitt’s published work consisted chiefly of essays and speeches, including An Essay of the Principles of Human Action (1805), Free Thoughts on Public Affairs (1806), Reply to the Essay on Population (1807), and an anthology of parliamentary speeches in 1807.

In 1812 Hazlitt gave a series of lectures at the Russell Institute in London. In the same year, he became the parliamentary correspondent for the Morning Chronicle on the recommendation of his friend Charles Lamb. Between 1813 and 1830, Hazlitt wrote for a variety of periodicals including The Examiner, Champion, Edinburgh Review, and London Magazine .

By 1826 William Hazlitt began writing The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, which he completed in 1830. On September 18, 1830, William Hazlitt died.

"William Hazlitt." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Gale Biography In Context. http://ic.galegroup.com (accessed March 2012).

From the guide to the William Hazlitt holograph note of subscription to Mr. Saunder's Library, circa 1824-1830, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)


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