William Hazlitt
(1778-1830)

Died aged c. 52

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, placed in the company of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He is also acknowledged as the finest art critic of his age. Despite his high standing among historians of literature and art, his work is currently little read and mostly out of print. 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.

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William Hazlitt 1778-1830 essayist died here

6 Frith Street, Westminster, W1, London, United Kingdom where they died (1830)

In a house on this site lived William Hazlitt 1829

6 Bouverie St, EC4, London, United Kingdom where they lived

William Hazlitt. Essayist & Critic was born near here.

High Street, Maidstone, United Kingdom where they was born near (1778)

In this house lived the Rev William Hazlitt from 1787 to 1813 and his son William Hazlitt essayist and critic from 1787 to 1799.

Noble Street, Wem, United Kingdom where they lived (1787-1799)