William Hazlitt’s trail-blazing essay on staged fights in the English countryside, considered “blackguard” in its day, still speaks to the thrill of sporting events.
William Hazlitt (1778 – 1830) was an English philosopher, painter, and writer of essays famous for their humanistic qualities. A noted literary and drama critic whose works fell into obscurity, Hazlitt is today considered one of the great critics and essayists of the English language.
Posts by William Hazlitt
“The Common Reader,” Washington University in St. Louis’s Journal of the Essay, explores life and learning during the onset of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.