William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt (10 April 1778  18 September 1830) was an English essayist, drama and literary critic, painter, social commentator, and philosopher. He is now considered one of the greatest critics and essayists in the history of the English language,[1][2] placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell.[3][4] He is also acknowledged as the finest art critic of his age.[5] Despite his high standing among historians of literature and art, his work is currently little read and mostly out of print.[6][7]

William Hazlitt
A self-portrait from about 1802
Born(1778-04-10)10 April 1778
Maidstone, Kent, England
Died18 September 1830(1830-09-18) (aged 52)
Soho, London, England
Occupation
NationalityBritish
EducationNew College at Hackney
Notable worksCharacters of Shakespear's Plays, Table-Talk, The Spirit of the Age

During his lifetime he befriended many people who are now part of the 19th-century literary canon, including Charles and Mary Lamb, Stendhal, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, William Wordsworth, and John Keats.[8]