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    Hazlitt, William. Lectures on the English Comic Writers Delivered at the Surry Institution. London: Taylor and Hessey. 1819. 8vo. [A]2, B-Y8,Z4. [4], 343p. Original cloth re-backed, marginal tears repaired. First edition. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Krown & Spellman retail: $80.00


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    Hazlitt, William (1778-1830), writer and painter. "Hazlitt's Lectures on the English Comic Writers (delivered late 1818, published April 1819) began with a distinction between wit and humour, then took on Shakespeare and Ben Jonson, Restoration comedy, the periodical essay from Addison and Steele to Dr. Johnson and Oliver Goldsmith, the English novelists (among whom Hazlitt held Fielding in highest regard), and the paintings of Hogarth. This was the first critical history of English comedy."



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