Essays by Hazlitt, published 1825, presented as a portrait gallery of the eminent writers of his time: Bentham, W. Godwin, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Sir W. Scott, Byron, Southey, Malthus, C. Lamb, and several others. The essays combine character sketches with lively critical assessments of the subjects' works and summaries of their reputations, placed in the context of the political and intellectual ferment of their times. They are strongly animated by Hazlitt's political loyalties, especially in the sustained assault upon the Tory critic Gifford for his ‘ridiculous pedantry and vanity’.
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William Hazlitt (1778—1830) writer and painter