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Was Hazlitt an Irishman?

William Hazlitt was one of the great geniuses of English letters. AC Grayling, who is himself completing a biography of Hazlitt, generously recommends Tom Paulin's rival work but questions his claim that Hazlitt was an Irishman

By AC Grayling   July 1998

William hazlitt’s prose is like exceedingly fine whisky. Fiery and rebarbative to the virgin palate, it becomes, once the taste is acquired, wonderful: indeed, one of the most wonderful things in all English writing. Demanding, assertive, full of energetically varied movement, it counts among the most truly poetical prose-and the most truly philosophical poetry-in English literature. To open Hazlitt’s pages is to be plucked from one’s chair and swooped into an adventure of ideas and feelings which stream from Hazlitt’s mind with raw energy and excoriating honesty. Some say that Hazlitt is the great lost genius of English letters, and…

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