The Plain Speaker: The Key Essays / Edition 1

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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.
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"This is a beautifully presented edition and a fine addition to Hazlitt scholarship." Year's Work in English Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631210566
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/4/1999
  • Series: Anthologies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Duncan Wu is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. He is the editor of Romanticism: An Anthology, Women Romantic Poets: An Anthology, Romanticism: A Critical reader, A Companion to Romanticism, and Wordsworth's Five-Book Prelude, all published by Blackwell. He also edits the Charles Lamb Bulletin, and is currently preparing a 9-volume edition of Hazlitt's selected works for publication in 1998.

Tom Paulin is G.M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford University. His major study of William Hazlitt, The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style, was published in 1998 by Faber and Faber, publishers of his several volumes of poetry, including Selected Poems 1972-1990, and of the critical collections Minotaur: Poetry and the Nation State (1992) and Writing to the Moment: Selected Critical Essays 1980-1996.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Editorial Principles
On the Prose-Style of Poets 1
On the Conversation of Authors 16
The Same Subject Continued 29
On Reason and Imagination 39
On Application to Study 53
On the Old Age of Artists 66
On Envy (A Dialogue) 77
Whether Genius is Conscious of its Powers? 89
On the Pleasure of Hating 102
On Egotism 114
Hot and Cold 128
On the Difference Between Writing and Speaking 140
On a Portrait of an English Lady, by Vandyke 161
Madame Paula and Mademoiselle Mars 178
App. I Advertisement to Hazlitt's Table Talk (Paris, 1825) 191
App. II 'A Half-length': an uncollected Hazlitt portrait 193
App. III Reynolds's account of Hazlitt, 28 April 1817 198
Index 200
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