An autobiographical prose work by W. Hazlitt, published anonymously in 1823. It records in letters and dialogues the infatuation Hazlitt conceived at the age of 43 for a 19‐year‐old girl, Sarah Walker, who eventually rejected him for another suitor. The fevered tone of the book, and its humiliating self‐exposure, distressed Hazlitt's friends and gave ammunition to his various enemies, his anonymity having been seen through at once.
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