William Hazlitt | Critical Essay by Robert Ready

This literature criticism consists of approximately 26 pages of analysis & critique of William Hazlitt.
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Critical Essay by Robert Ready

SOURCE: "The Logic of Passion: Hazlitt's Liber Amoris," in Studies in Romanticism, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter, 1975, pp. 41-57.

In the following essay, Ready evaluates Liber Amoris as a literary exploration into the nature of the sympathetic imagination.

No matter what their attitudes toward his involvement with Sarah Walker, most readers of Hazlitt's Liber Amoris; or, The New Pygmalion (1823) have been more concerned with the book as biography than they have with the book as literature.1 Assuming that Hazlitt's only sustained narrative, and one of his longest works, can be viewed critically as well as biographically, I hope to demonstrate the integral position of Liber Amoris in Hazlitt's recurrent theme of the sympathetic imagination and to sketch the chief structural and imagistic characteristics of the text.

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In "On the Spirit of Obligations" (1823), Hazlitt responded to the hostile reception Liber Amoris received...

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