1852 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hazlitt

Mary Russell Mitford to James T. Fields, 14 December 1852; in Fields, Yesterdays with Authors (1900) 318.



Talking of these things, we both agreed that there was another author, probably little known in America, who would be quite worthy of a reprint, William Hazlitt. Is there any complete edition of his Lectures and Essays? I should think they would come out well, now that Thackeray is giving his Lectures. I know that Charles Lamb and Talfourd thought Hazlitt not only the most brilliant, but the soundest of all critics. Then his Life of Napoleon is capital, that is capital for an English life; the only way really to know the great man is to read him in the memoires of his own ministers, lieutenants, and servants; for he was a hero to his valet de chambre, the greatness was so real that it would bear close looking into.