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Liber Amoris

William Hazlitt

Edited by Gregory Dart

Categories: 19th Century
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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(Pub. Aug 2008)
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  • H.    Did I not overhear the conversation downstairs last night, to which you were a party? Shall I repeat it?
    S.    I had rather not hear it!
    H.    Or what am I to think of this story of the footman?
    S.    It is false, Sir, I never did anything of the sort.

    In 1822 William Hazlitt, forty-four years old and married, was both tormented and enchanted by Sarah Walker, his landlady’s nineteen-year-old daughter. Liber Amoris is the chronicle of that obsession, an extraordinary fragment of Romantic autobiography that explores the unstable nature of what individuals perceive as ‘truth’, the unknowability of others, and leaves the reader unsure of who is victim, who seducer in this haunting relationship.

    Gregory Dart sets Liber Amoris in its context of Hazlitt’s other writings from 1822-3, and provides a wealth of fascinating notes that take us deep into the period and the writer’s imagination.

    Cover painting Vilhelm Hammerhøi: Interior, Young woman seen from behind, 1903-4. Reproduced by permission of the Randers Kunstmuseum, Denmark. Cover design

    William Hazlitt
    William Hazlitt was born in Maidstone, Kent in 1778, the son of a Unitarian minister. After a short period in America, the family settled in the village of Wem, Shropshire. Hazlitt was educated at the Unitarian college in Hackney from 1793 to 1795, although he decided against the religious life, and ... read more
    Gregory Dart
    Gregory Dart was educated at Clare College Cambridge where he gained both his BA and his PhD. He taught English Literature at York University from 1993 to 2000 and is now teaching the same subject at University College London. He is the author of Unrequited Love: On Stalking and Being Stalked ... read more
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