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William Hazlitt : the first modern man.

Wu, Duncan.

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ISBN 10: 0199549583 / ISBN 13: 9780199549580
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Verkäufer Kloof Booksellers & Scientia Verlag (Amsterdam, Niederlande)

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Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008. Hardcover. Dustjacket. XXVI, 557 p., [8] p. plates. 24 cm. Condition : as new. Condition : as new copyISBN 9780199549580[KEYWORDS: LITERARY CRITICISM*. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 260883

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Titel: William Hazlitt : the first modern man.

Einband: Hardcover

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Romanticism is where the modern age begins, and Hazlitt was its most articulate spokesman. No one else had the ability to see it whole; no one else knew so many of its politicians, poets, and philosophers. In this first full biography, Duncan Wu draws upon over a decade of archival research to explore all aspects of Hazlitt's life, from his early aspirations to become a painter, his engagement with revolutionary politics, his rise to prominence as one of England's greatest literary critics, and the disillusionment and poverty of his final years. Along the way, Wu reveals countless new details concerning Hazlitt's relationships with Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, William Godwin, J. M. W. Turner, and other important figures of the Romantic era. But Wu sees Hazlitt as an essentially modern writer who took political sketch-writing to a new level, invented sports commentary as we know it, and created the essay-form as it is practiced in our own time. Painstakingly researched and filled with original insight, this biography benefits also from Wu's New Writings of William Hazlitt, many of which make their appearance here, illuminating obscure passages of Hazlitt's life.

From the Author:

Very few of the reviewers seemed to understand what I wanted to do with this book. So here, for the benefit of readers only, is my own take on Hazlitt The First Modern Man. I was tired of the stream of scholarly articles and books that seemed to begin with the assumption that the only thing to say about Hazlitt was that he was a menace on account of his sexual proclivities. That line of argument, rejuvenated thanks to politically correct ideologies, had been current since the Victorian period, and seemed to be something that prevented anyone from seeing beyond it to the quality of the writing. With this biography, I wanted to paint the world as it appeared from Hazlitt's perspective. I wanted to give some idea of the many factors that created the psychology of a complex, flawed personality. I don't know whether I succeeded, but to criticise the book for failing to condemn its subject (as some have done) is an inane act: the book never wanted to condemn its subject. The book was written out of a desire to understand the world from Hazlitt's perspective, not ours. Judged by my own personal standards, Hazlitt behaved appallingly not only towards women but towards his own son. However, none of that is in the book, and for good reason: I'm not interested in passing moral judgements that could be passed by any number of other people, and in any case I'm not interested in the anachronistic hobby of judging historical figures according to contemporary standards. I'm more interested in trying to understand the world in which Hazlitt lived and the things that made him write the way he did. And it goes without saying that I wouldn't have made the effort if I regarded him as anything other than one of the greatest writers who has ever lived.

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