The Plain Speaker: The Key Essays / Edition 1

The Plain Speaker: The Key Essays / Edition 1

by William Hazlitt
     
 

ISBN-10: 0631210563

ISBN-13: 9780631210566

Pub. Date: 01/04/1999

Publisher: Wiley

The Plain Speaker was the last great collection of essays of William Hazlitt (1778-1830), the finest prose writer of the Romantic period. It is written with characteristic passion, and displays his erudition and wit to fine effect in some of his most important essays: 'On the Prose-Style of Poets', 'On the Conversation of Authors', 'On Reason and Imagination', and 'On…  See more details below

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The Plain Speaker was the last great collection of essays of William Hazlitt (1778-1830), the finest prose writer of the Romantic period. It is written with characteristic passion, and displays his erudition and wit to fine effect in some of his most important essays: 'On the Prose-Style of Poets', 'On the Conversation of Authors', 'On Reason and Imagination', and 'On Envy', to name a few. In this selection from the two-volume Plain Speaker, Tom Paulin and Duncan Wu have given priority to essays that address key critical issues both in Romantic studies today and the poetics of prose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631210566
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/04/1999
Series:
Anthologies Series
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.92(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Editor's Note
Editorial Principles
Acknowledgements
On the Prose-Style of Poets1
On the Conversation of Authors16
The Same Subject Continued29
On Reason and Imagination39
On Application to Study53
On the Old Age of Artists66
On Envy (A Dialogue)77
Whether Genius is Conscious of its Powers?89
On the Pleasure of Hating102
On Egotism114
Hot and Cold128
On the Difference Between Writing and Speaking140
On a Portrait of an English Lady, by Vandyke161
Madame Paula and Mademoiselle Mars178
App. IAdvertisement to Hazlitt's Table Talk (Paris, 1825)191
App. II'A Half-length': an uncollected Hazlitt portrait193
App. IIIReynolds's account of Hazlitt, 28 April 1817198
Index200

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