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William Hazlitt, 1778 - 1830

portrait of William Hazlitt
Self-portrait, circa 1802

Born: 10 April 1778, Maidstone, Kent, England
Died: 18 September 1830, Soho, London, England

William Hazlitt was the son of a Unitarian minister who supported the American Revolution. The family spent five years at Philadelphia and Boston, but returned to England in 1788. Hazlitt trained for the ministry but turned to writing, particularly encouraged by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. He reported on Parliament, was probably the first serious English art critic, reviewed the theatre, wrote scholarly books about literature, and crafted many well-regarded essays.

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