Hazlitt

The Mind of a Critic

David Bromwich; With a new Preface by the author

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November 10, 1999
480 pages, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
ISBN: 9780300079890
Paper

Essayist, lecturer, and radical pamphleteer, William Hazlitt (1778-1830) was the greatest of English critics and a master of the art of prose. This book is a superb appreciation of the man and his works, at once a revaluation of the aesthetics of Romanticism and a sustained intellectual portrait. Nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism when it was first published in 1983, it is now reissued with a new preface and bibliography by the author.

“Few literary figures in recent decades have seen their reputations rise as securely as Hazlitt’s. Now it will soar. David Bromwich’s book is the most persuasive and ambitious exploration of Hazlitt’s genius hitherto attempted.”—Michael Foot, New Republic

“Hazlitt: the Mind of a Critic is an intellectual biography in the best sense of the word, and intellectual biography is the type of writing that shows Hazlitt in his truest light.”—Kenneth R. Johnston, Indiana University

“Bromwich’s volume was first published in 1983, and its achievement has never been questioned. All Romanticists recognize that this is one of the great critical works in our field to appear in the post-war era. It aspires to (and achieves) a classical simplicity and elegance.”—Duncan Wu, University of Glasgow

David Bromwich, Housum Professor of English at Yale University, is the author of many books and articles including Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking, published by Yale University Press, and Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth’s Poetry of the 1790s.

"Bromwich’s Hazezlitt, even as it endures among scholars as an unsurpassed intellectual biography of a central Romantic figure, also serves for students and readers in Romanticism as an eminently readable, useful, and elegantly written book."—Hermione de Almeida, Walter Professor of English and Comparative Literature

"Few literary figures in recent decades have seen their reputations rise as securely as Hazlitt’s. Now it will soar. David Bromwich’s book is the most persuasive and ambitious exploration of Hazlitt’s genius hitherto attempted."—Michael Foot, New Republic

"Hazlitt: the Mind of a Critic is an intellectual biography in the best sense of the word, and intellectual biography is the type of writing that shows Hazlitt in his truest light."—Kenneth R. Johnston, Indiana University

"Bromwich’s volume was first published in 1983, and its achievement has never been questioned. All Romanticists recognize that this is one of the great critical works in our field to appear in the post-war era. It aspires to (and achieves) a classical simplicity and elegance."—Duncan Wu, University of Glasgow

The Social Contract and The First and Second Discourses

Jean-Jacques Rousseau; Edited and with an Introduction by S

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On Liberty

John Stuart Mill; Edited by David Bromwich and George Kateb

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On Empire, Liberty, and Reform
Speeches and Letters

Edmund Burke; Edited by David Bromwich

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Politics by Other Means
Higher Education and Group Thinking

David Bromwich

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