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The Plain Speaker: The Key Essays

The Plain Speaker: The Key Essays

William Hazlitt, Tom Paulin (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-631-21056-6

Dec 1998

248 pages

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$148.95

Description

In this selection from the two-volume Plain Speaker, Tom Paulin and Duncan Wu have given priority to essays that address some of the most important critical issues both in romantic studies today and the poetics of prose.

  • Provides the only edition of The Plain Speaker available outside libraries since 1928.
  • Contains Hazlitt's seminal essays on plain speaking and the major romantic topics.
  • Includes a brilliant introduction by Tom Paulin, the greatest poet-critic of his generation and the editorial expertise of Duncan Wu.
Introduction by Tom Paulin.

Editor's Note.

Editorial Principles.

Acknowledgements.

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.

Index.

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  • Provides the only edition of The Plain Speaker available outside libraries since 1928.

  • Contains Hazlitt's seminal essays on plain speaking and the major romantic topics.

  • Includes a brilliant introduction by Tom Paulin, the greatest poet-critic of his generation and the editorial expertise of Duncan Wu.