Named after the essayist William Hazlitt who died in the house 1830
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Bromwich mapped the relationship between poetry, criticism and public life in his books "Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic," about metaphysician, painter, critic and essayist William Hazlitt, 1778-1830, which was a National Book Critics Circle finalist in 1984; "Disowned by Memory: Wordsworth's Poetry of the 1790s"; and "A Choice of Inheritance: Self and Community from Edmund Burke to Robert Frost." His book "Politics by Other Means: Higher Education and Group Thinking" examines the ideological debate over liberal arts education, and his "Skeptical Music: Essays on Modern Poetry" won the 2002 PEN Spielvogel/Diamonstein Prize as the year's best book of essays by an American. He is also editor of "Romantic Critical Essays" and "On Empire, Liberty and Reform: Speeches and Letters of Edmund Burke" and co-editor of the Yale Press edition of "On Liberty" by John Stuart Mill.
The Museum’s art collections are outstanding. 574 oil paintings constitute Kent's biggest publicly owned collection. Its strengths are pre-1800 minor Dutch and Italian Old Masters and a number of rare paintings by Maidstone born essayist William Hazlitt.
Charles Lamb by his friend and fellow essayist William Hazlitt
The brightest star in this galaxy of philocaptive misery is the essayist William Hazlitt. Early in the morningof Wednesday, August 16,1820, on the second floor of a lodging-house in west-central London, Hazlitt had his breakfast brought to him by hislandlady's daughter, SarahWalker. She was 19; he, 42. Having delivered the breakfast-tray, Sarah left. But:J. H. Plumb in his B. C. C. television series (1977) devotes a whole chapter to the building and collection agenda of George IV, whose influence on the architectural and decorative arts of Great Britain was considerable, despite the fact that he reigned for so short a period. The Royal Pavilion, Brighton (1815-22, principally by John Nash), is Britain's foremost piece of Romantic architecture, a lasting testimonial to the taste, elegance, and eccentricity of the last of the Hanoverian kings, George IV. Even today, the casual visitor is never luke-warm in his or her appreciation of the building; he or she may, like essayist William Hazlitt, describe it as "a madhouse or a house run mad" (cited in Plumb, p. 198), or, like political radical William Cobbett, see it as "a Little Kremlin" (cited in Plumb, p. 189), or dismiss it as the Reverend Sidney Smith did: "The Dome of St. Paul's [London Cathedral] went down to the sea and pupped" (cited in Plumb, p. 198). In many ways, the Royal Pavilion well exemplifies Shakespeare's enigmatic remark in that "nothing is but what is not," for the bamboo which one sees everywhere is either carved oak or cast-iron, the banana and plaintain leaves are thin bronze, and the orientals in the murals have decidedly European features!As early as 1796, when he was just eighteen, the English essayist William Hazlitt may have become the first Westerner to see that self-concern is not rationally required. It is also a tribute to the discreet fascination of Dieppe that among the writers who enjoyed it are Chateaubriand, Flaubert, Turgenev, Dumas fils, Oscar Wilde, Marcel Proust and Virginia Woolf. (In 1824, the English essayist William Hazlitt went to Dieppe as a pioneer of travel journalism.)