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Edited by Gregory Dart
ISBN: 978 1 857547 58 0
Categories: 18th Century, 19th Century
Published: January 2005
216 x 213 x 17 mm
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Some persons think the sublimest object in nature is a ship launched on the bottom of the ocean: but give me, for my private satisfaction, the Mail-Coaches that pour down Piccadilly of an evening, tear up the pavement, and devour the way before them to Lands-End!
from 'The Letter Bell'
William Hazlitt (1778-1830), that most engaging of English prose writers, is provocatively and congenially at home in this new collection of his city essays, each one sparkling with urbane wit and gossip. Characters from the Regency spring to life: Wordsworth and Byron; sportsmen and dandies; street jugglers and footmen and coffee house bores. There is the London Cockney who ventures through Hyde Park 'as a cat crosses a gutter' and the lady's maid
returning from Italy 'as giddy as if she had been up in a balloon'.
Gregory Dart reminds us that Hazlitt is not only an important critic and polemicist, but also a wry and reflective observer of human nature, a man who took continual delight in the various pitfalls and paradoxes of
metropolitan life. This selection contains many essays that have not previously been available in paperback, together with a short critical introduction and contextual notes.
Metropolitan Writings by William Hazlitt
The Independent Review, Friday 4th February 2005
Fiery, funny, urbane, humane; above all, democratic: the wit and zest of these 18 wonderful essays from the 1820s on London life, fashion and entertainment still grab you like a street-cry. read more
William Hazlitt, Metropolitan Writings
Edited by Gregory Dart
Laura Keynes, The Times Literary Supplement , 18th February 2005
"In London", writes Hazlitt in his essay "On Londoners and Country People", "there is a public; and each man is part of it...We read more
Nicholas Lezard's Choice:
The Incomparable Hazlitt
Saturday 12th February, 2005
Metropolitan Writings , by William Hazlitt (Fyfield, £9.95) read more
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