The Plain Speaker: The Key Essays / Edition 1by William Hazlitt
Pub. Date: 01/04/1999
This unique selection of essays is derived from Tom Hazlitt's original, two-volume work Plain Speaker. The editors give priority to essays that address some of the most important critical issues in Romantic studies and the poetics of prose, such as 'On the Prose-Style of Poets', 'On the Conversation of Authors, ' 'On Reason and Imagination', 'On Londoners and Country People', and 'On Envy', among others. A compelling introduction by the editors presents the central themes of Hazlitt's important essays, touching on the critical discourse of Burke, Barthes, Derrida, Lawrence, Hughes, Picasso, Pollock, and Stravinsky.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Tom Paulin.
1. The Plain Speaker. .
2. On the Prose-Style of Poets.
3. On the Conversation of Authors.
4. The Same Subject Continued.
5. On Reason and Imagination.
6. On Application to Study.
7. On the Old Age of Artists.
8. On Envy (A Dialogue).
9. Whether Genius in Conscious of its Powers?.
10. On the Pleasure of Hating.
11. On Egotism.
12. Hot and Cold.
13. On the Difference Between Writing and Speaking.
14. On a Portrait of an English Lady, by Vandyke.
15. Madame Pasta and Mademoiselle Mars.
Appendix I: Advertisement to Hazlitt's Table Talk (Paris, 1825).
Appendix II: 'A Half-length': an uncollected Hazlitt portrait.
Appendix III: Reynolds' account of Hazlitt, 28 April 1817.
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