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Memoirs of William Hazlitt

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Chap. I 1778-1811
Ch. II: 1791-95
Ch. III 1795-98
Ch. IV 1798
Ch. V 1798
Ch. VI 1792-1803
Ch. VII 1803-05
Ch. VIII 1803-05
Ch. IX
Ch. X 1807
Ch. XI 1808
Ch. XII 1808
Ch. XII 1812
Ch. XIV 1814-15
Ch. XV 1814-17
Ch. XVI 1818
Ch. XVII 1820
Ch. XX 1821
Ch. I 1821
Ch. II 1821-22
Ch. III 1821-22
Ch. IV 1822
Ch. V 1822
Ch. VI 1822
Ch. VII 1822-23
Ch. VIII 1822
Ch. IX 1823
Ch. X 1824
Ch. XI 1825
Ch. XII 1825
Ch. XIII 1825
Ch. XIV 1825
Ch. XV 1825
Ch. XVI 1825-27
Ch. XVII 1826-28
Ch. XVIII 1829-30
Ch. XX
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An Essay on the Principles of Human Actions: Being an Argument in favour of the Natural Disinterestedness of the Human Mind. To which are added, Some Remarks on the Systems of Hartley and Helvetius. London: Printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul’s Churchyard, 1805. 8vo., pp. 264 and title.
⁂ This was commenced in 1797-8, and finished in 1804.
Free Thoughts on Public Affairs; or, Advice to a Patriot. In a Letter to a Member of the Old Opposition. London: Printed by R. Taylor and Co., Shoe Lane; and sold by J. Budd, Crown and Mitre, Pall Mall. 1806. 8vo., pp. 46 and title.
1. A Reply to the Essay on Population. By the Rev. T. R. Malthus. In a Series of Letters. To which are added, Extracts from the Essay, with Notes. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, Paternoster Row, 1807. 8vo., pp. 378 and title.
⁂ Criticised in the Edinburgh Review for August, 1810. Letters 1-3 were first printed in Cobbett’s Register.
2. An Abridgment of the Light of Nature Pursued. By Abraham Tucker, Esq. Originally published in seven
volumes, under the name of Edward Search, Esq. London: Printed for J. Johnson, St. Paul’s Churchyard, by T. Bensley, Bolt Court, 1807. 8vo., pp. 530, exclusively of pp. 52 of prefixes.
⁂ Finished in the early part of 1806.
3. The Eloquence of the British Senate; or, Select Specimens from the Speeches of the Most Distinguished Parliamentary Speakers. From the Beginning of the Reign of Charles I. to the Present Time. With Notes, Biographical, Critical, and Explanatory. Two volumes. London: Printed for Thomas Ostell, No. 3, Ave Maria Lane, Ludgate Street, 1807. 8vo., Vol. I., pp. 534; Vol. II., pp. 594
Tableau de l’Espagne Moderne. Par J. Fr. Bourgoîng. Paris, 1807. 8vo., 3 vols. Translated and abridged by W. Hazlitt. Not printed.
1. A New and Improved Grammar of the English Tongue: For the Use of Schools. In which the Genius of our Speech is especially attended to, and the Discoveries of Mr. Horne Tooke and other Modern Writers on the Formation of Language are for the first time incorporated. By William Hazlitt, Author of an Essay on the Principles of Human Action, &c, &c. To which is added A New Guide to the English Tongue, in a Letter to Mr. W. F. Mylnes, Author of the School Dictionary. By Edward Baldwin [W. Godwin], Esq. 1810. 12mo.
⁂ Commenced (?) and finished in 1808. In the year 1810 Godwin published an abridgment of the ‘Grammar.’
2. Mr. Malthus and the Edinburgh Reviewers. Cobbett’s Weekly Political Register for Nov., 1810.
Lectures (X.) on the English Philosophers and Metaphysicians. Delivered at the Russell Institution on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 1812, and the nine following Tuesdays.
⁂ Partly printed in the Literary Remains; but the greater portion has perished in MS.
Contributions to the Morning Chronicle (political).
1. Contributions to the same (political and dramatic).
2. On Wordsworth’s ‘Excursion.’ Examiner, 1814.
3. On Dunlop’s ‘History of Fiction.’ Edinburgh Review, Nov., 1814.
4. Whether the Fine Arts are promoted by Academies? Champion, Aug. 18, and Sept. 11, 1814.
5. Letter in Defence of the same. Ibid., Oct 2, 1814.
1. The Round Table commenced. Examiner, Jan., 1815.
2. On Madame D’Arblay’s ‘Wanderer.’ Edin. Review, Feb,, 1815.
3. On Sismondi’s ‘Literature of the South of Europe.’ Ibid., June, 1815.
4. Miscellaneous Contributions to the Examiner.
5. Dramatic and Miscellaneous Papers in the Champion.
⁂ Among these was the series of articles ‘On the Ideal’ in the Champion for Jan. 8, April 20, and Nov. 6, 1815; and articles on subjects connected with the fine arts, Feb. 5, 12 and 19.
1. Memoirs of the late Thomas Holcroft. Written by Himself, and continued to the Time of his Death, from his Diary, Notes, and other Papers [by W. Hazlitt]. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Orme, Rees, and Brown, Paternoster Row, 1816. 12mo., 3 vols., with a portrait. Reprinted (abridged) in 1852. 8vo. The 4th volume was never published.
⁂ Finished in 1810.
2. The Round Table continued. Examiner, 1816.
3. On the ‘Catalogue Raisonnée of the British Institution. Ibid.
4. Contributions to the Champion.
5. On Schlegel’s ‘Lectures on Dramatic Literature.’ Edin. Review, Feb., 1816.
6. On Leigh Hunt’s ‘Rimini.’ Ibid., June, 1816.
7. On Mr. Coleridge’s ‘Lay Sermon.’ Examiner, Sept. 8, 1816.
8. On Mr. Coleridge’s Statesman’s Manual. Ibid. Dec. 29, 1816.
1. The Round Table concluded. Examiner, Jan., 1817.
2. The Round Table: A Collection of Essays on Literature, Men, and Manners. By William Hazlitt. Edinburgh: Printed by Archibald Constable and Co., for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, London, 1817. 12mo., 2 vols.
⁂ Thirteen articles in this work were from other pens. There was a third edition in 1841, 12mo.
3. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays. By William Hazlitt. “For I am nothing if not critical.” London: Printed by C. H. Reynell, 21, Piccadilly, 1817. 8vo., pp. 352. Second Edition, 1818. 8vo. Third Edition, Boston, U. S., 1818. 8vo. Fourth Edition, 1838. Small 8vo. Fifth Edition, 1848. Small 8vo. Sixth Edition, 1858. Small 8vo. There have been also one or two more American Editions.
4. On Mr. Coleridge’s ‘Lay Sermon.’ Examiner, Jan. 12, 1817.
5. Political Contributions to the Examiner and Morning Chronicle.
6. On West’s Picture of ‘Death on the Pale Horse.’ Scots’ Magazine, 1817.
7. On Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria. Edinburgh Review.
⁂ This I omitted to notice in its place. It has been improperly attributed to Lord Jeffrey.
1. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays. Second Edition. London, 1818. 8vo., price 10s. 6d.
2. Lectures (VIII.) on the English Poets. Delivered at the Surrey Institution. By William Hazlitt. London, 1818. 8vo., pp. 338.
3. Contributions to the Yellow Dwarf, January—May, 1818.
⁂ Most, if not all, of these were republished in ‘Political Essays,’ 1819.
4. On West’s ‘Christ Crucified.’ Champion, June 16, 1818.
5. On the Question whether Pope was a poet? Scots’ Magazine, Feb. 1818.
6. On Walpole’s ‘Letters.’ Edin. Review, Dec, 1818.
1. A Letter to “William Gifford, Esq., from William Hazlitt, Esq. Fit pugil, et medicum urget. London: Printed for John Miller, Burlington Arcade, Piccadilly, 1819. Price Three Shillings. 8vo., pp. 88.
2. Lectures on the English Poets. Second Edition. London, 1819. 8vo.
3. Lectures on the English Comic Writers. Delivered at the Surrey Institution. By William Hazlitt. London, 1819. 8vo., pp. 348.
4. Political Essays, with Sketches of Public Characters. By William Hazlitt. “Come, draw the curtain, show the picture.” London: Printed for William Hone, 45, Ludgate Hill, 1819. 8vo., pp. 440, and pp. 36 of Introduction, &c.
⁂ Here some of the original matter in the ‘Eloquence of the British Senate’ (1807), will be found reproduced, also, some of the Letters from the ‘Reply to Malthus,’ 1807.
5. Contributions to the Scots’ Magazine, viz.:—(a.) Historical Illustrations of Shakespeare (January, 1819). (&.) On the Criminal Law of Punishment by Death (March, 1819).
1. Lectures on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth. Delivered at the Surrey Institution. By William Hazlitt. London, 1820. 8vo., pp. 362.
2. On Parington’s ‘Life of Sir Joshua Reynolds.’ Edin. Review. August, 1820.
3. On the Parliamentary Report on Criminal Law. Scots’ Magazine, Jan., 1820.
1. A View of the English Stage; or, a Series of Dramatic Criticisms. London, 1821. 8vo.
⁂ Reprinted from the columns of the Morning Chronicle, &c., 1814-17.
2. On Consistency of Opinion.
3. Contributions to the London Magazine.
4. Table-Talk; or, Original Essays. London, 1821. 8vo.
⁂ Partly reprinted from the London Magazine.
5. Lectures on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth. Second Edition. London, 1821. 8vo.
6. A Defence of Guy Faux, with some Observations on Heroism. Examiner, 1821.
1. Table-Talk; or, Original Essays. Vol. II. London, 1822. 8vo.
2. Lectures (2) delivered at Glasgow, May 6 and 13, 1822. Not printed.
3. On the Spirit of Monarchy. Liberal, 1822.
4. My First Acquaintance with Poets. Ibid.
5. Arguing in a Circle. Ibid.
6. On Williams’ ‘Views in Greece.’ Edinburgh Magazine, 1822.
7. Political Essays. A reissue (?). London, 1822. 8vo.
8. The Fight. New Monthly Magazine, 1822.
9. On Byron’s Sardanapalus. Edinburgh Review.
1. Characteristics: In the Manner of Rochefoucault’s Maxims. London, 1823. 12mo. Second Edition, n.d. 12mo.
2. Liber Amoris; or, the New Pygmalion. London, 1823. 8vo. “With an engraved title.
3. The Periodical Press. Edinburgh Review, May, 1823.
4. A Letter to the Editor of the London Magazine.
5. Pulpit Oratory: Dr. Chalmers and Mr. Irving. Liberal, 1823.
6. On the Scotch Character. Ibid.
1. Sketches of the Principal Picture Galleries in England, with a Criticism on “Marriage à-la-Mode.” London, 1824. 8vo.
⁂ Partly republished from the London Magazine.
2. On the Fine Arts. Encyclopædia Britannica Suppl., 1824,
⁂ Based on the early fine-art papers in the Champion. He also gave to the E. B. five or six biographies (Barry, &c.) under the signature “Z.”
3. On Shelley’s ‘Posthumous Poems.’ Edinburgh Review. July, 1824
4. Common Places. Literary Examiner.
5. Contributions to the New Monthly Magazine.
6. Table-Talk, &c. Second Edition. 1824. 8vo., 2 vols.
7. On Lady Morgan’s ‘Life of Salvator Rosa.’ Edinburgh Review.
8. Notes of a Journey through France and Italy commenced. Morning Chronicle.
1. The Spirit of the Age; or, Contemporary Portraits. London, 1825. 8vo.
⁂ Partly republished from the New Monthly Magazine.
2. Elegant Extracts [in prose and verse, from the English poets, living and dead]. 1825. 8vo.
3. The same, with a new title, a frontispiece, and the living poets omitted (in consequence of a breach of copyright and threatened proceedings). 1825. 8vo. The reissue was called ‘Select Poets of Great Britain: to which are prefixed Critical Notices of each Author.’
⁂ The joint compilation of two or three persons; Mr. Hazlitt did some of the poets, his son some, Lamb some, Mr. Procter some, and so on. See the Life under 1825.
4. Table Talk, &c, Paris, Galignani, 1825. 8vo.
⁂ A selection from the London ‘Table Talk’ and the ‘Plain Speaker.’
5. Notes of a Journey, &c., continued. Morning Chronicle.
1. Notes of a Journey, &c., collected and published. London, 1826. 8vo.
2. The Plain Speaker: Opinions on Books, Men, and Things. 1826. 8vo., 2 vols.
3. Contributions to the New Monthly Magazine.
⁂ ‘On Persons one would wish to have seen,’ ‘Boswell Redivivus,” Nos. 1-4, &c.
4. Contributions to the Examiner.
1. Contributions to the New Monthly Magazine.
⁂ ‘Boswell Redivivus,’ Nos 5 and 6, &c.
2. Contributions to London Weekly Review (Richardson’s).
⁂ ‘Queries and Answers, or the Rule of Contrary,’ &c.
3. The Dandy-School. Examiner, 1827.
1. The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte. Vols. I. and II. London, 1828. 8vo.
⁂ This work, completed in 4 volumes, has had translations in French and Dutch.
2. On Public Opinion. London Weekly Review, 1828.
3. On Personal Identity. New Monthly Magazine, 1828.
4. Project for a New Theory of Civil and Criminal Legislation (1828). Literary Remains, 1836.
⁂ The first draft of this was prepared in 1792.
5. A Farewell to Essay-Writing.
6. On the Causes of Popular Opinion. London Weekly Review (February).
7. Byron and Wordsworth. Ibid. (April).
1. On Flaxman’s ‘Lectures on Sculpture.’ Edinburgh Review.
2. On English Grammar. Atlas, 1829.
3. On the Riches of Language. Ibid.
4. On Poetical Diction. Ibid.
5. On Phrenology. Ibid.
6. Prose Album. New Monthly Magazine.
1. The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte. Vols. III. and IV. London, 1830. 8vo.
⁂ In most copies the title-pages of vols. I. and II. are reprinted with the original date 1828 altered to 1830.
2. The Life of Titian. By James Northcote, R.A. London, 1830. 8vo., 2 vols.
⁂ The joint production of Northcote, Mr. Hazlitt, and his son.
3. The Conversations of James Northcote, R.A. By William Hazlitt. London, 1830. 8vo.
⁂ Republished, with additions and alterations, from the ‘Boswell Redivivus’ New Monthly Magazine).
4. On Wilson’s ‘Life of Defoe.’ Edinburgh Review, January, 1830.
5. On Party Spirit. Atlas, 1830.
6. The Free Admission. New Monthly Magazine, 1830.
7. The Sick Chamber. Ibid. (August).
8. Personal Politics (1830). Literary Remains, 1836.
⁂ His last Essay.
1. On the Punishment by Death. Fraser’s Magazine.
⁂ Imperfectly printed, the text mutilated.
2. On the Emancipation of the Jews. Leigh Hunt’s Tatler (March) and Daily News (1849).
Literary Remains of the Late William Hazlitt; with a Notice of his Life, by his Son; and Thoughts on his Genius and Writings, by E. L. Bulwer and Mr. Serjeant Talfourd. 1836. 8vo. 2 vols. With a portrait after an original drawing by Bewick.
Characteristics, &c. Third Edition. Edited by R. H. Horne. 1837. Small 8vo.
Painting and the Fine Arts; being the Articles under those heads contributed to the Seventh Edition of the ‘Encyclopsedia Britannica,’ by B. R. Haydon, Esq., and W. Hazlitt, Esq. 1838. 8vo.
Sketches and Essays. By William Hazlitt. Now first collected by his Son. 1839. Small 8vo., pp. 370.
Lectures on the Dramatic Literature of the Age of Elizabeth. Third Edition. 1840. Foolscap 8vo.
Lectures on the English Poets. Third Edition. 1841. Foolscap 8vo.
Lectures on the English Comic Writers. Third Edition. 1841. Foolscap 8vo.
Criticisms on Art; and Sketches of the Picture Galleries of England. By William Hazlitt. With Catalogues of the Principal Galleries. Now first collected. Edited by his Son. 1843. Small 8vo.
⁂ The ‘Sketches’ published in 1823, with large additions.
Criticisms on Art. Second Series. 1844. Foolscap 8vo. 1845-6.
Table Talk, &c. Third Edition. 2 vols, foolscap 8vo. 1845-6.
Winterslow: Essays and Characters written there. Edited by his Son.
1. Criticisms and Dramatic Essays on the English Stage. Edited by his Son. 1851. Foolscap 8vo.
⁂ A reprint, with additions, of ‘A View of the English Stage,’ 1821, pp. 324.
2. The Plain Speaker. Second Edition. 2 vols., foolscap 8vo. 1851.
1. Men and Manners: Sketches and Essays. By William. Hazlitt, 1852. Small 8vo., pp. 318.
⁂ A reprint, with the omission of the ‘Essay on Self-love,’ of ‘Sketches and Essays,’ 1839.
2. The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte. A New Edition. 1852. 4 vols., crown 8vo. With portraits, &c.
Table Talk, &c. Fourth Edition. 2 vols., foolscap 8vo. 1857. With additions.
1. The Spirit of the Age, &c. 1858. Foolscap 8vo. Third Edition.
2. Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays. Foolscap 8vo. 1858. Sixth Edition.

1. On Avarice.
2. Outlines of Morals.
3. Outlines of the Human Mind.
4. Political Economy.
5. Outlines of Grammar.
The Season of Autumn, as connected with Human Feelings and Changes. A Sermon, occasioned by the Death of William Hazlitt. Delivered at Crediton, on Sunday, October 10, 1830. By J. Johns. London, 1830. 8vo., pp. 26.