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William Hazlitt : the first modern man

Author: Duncan Wu
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Romanticism is where the modern age begins, and Hazlitt was its most articulate spokesman. By interpreting it for his contemporaries, he speaks to us of ourselves of the culture and world we inhabit today. Perhaps the most important development of his time, the print media, now dominates our lives: Hazlitt's livelihood was dependent on it. As this new biography argues, he took political sketch-writing to a new  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
Named Person: William Hazlitt; William Hazlitt; William Hazlitt
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Duncan Wu
ISBN: 9780199549580 0199549583 9780199588848 0199588848
OCLC Number: 223877440
Description: xxvi, 557 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The road to nether stowey --
Beyond Xanadu --
A philosopher in Grub Street --
The plain speaker --
The new Pygmalion --
Mr Hazlitt's grand tour --
London solitude.
Responsibility: Duncan Wu.
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Duncan Wu's fascinating portrait of William Hazlitt - the first fully-researched biography, and the first to cover Hazlitt's entire life - reveals one of the greatest journalists in the language, and  Read more...

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Hazlitt is a terrific subject and Wu does him proud. The Independent

 
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