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Love in the Time of RevolutionTransatlantic Literary Radicalism and Historical Change, 1793-1818$
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Andrew Cayton

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607504

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607511_Cayton

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Epilogue: “The Subject Was of Love”

Epilogue: “The Subject Was of Love”

(p.329) Epilogue: “The Subject Was of Love”
Love in the Time of Revolution

Andrew Cayton

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter begins with the collection of character sketches published by William Hazlitt. It endeavored to reveal The Spirit of the Age. The names of several of his subjects—Jeremy Bentham, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walter Scott, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, and Thomas Malthus—remain familiar to many. Most, however, have grown dim in memory, or vanished altogether. Some were disappearing while they still breathed. Preeminent in this regard was William Godwin. In the 1790s, Hazlitt claimed, “No one was more talked of, more looked up to, more sought after” than Godwin. His works Political Justice and Caleb Williams provoked discussion all over the North Atlantic world; his wife was the author of several controversial books, including, most famously, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; and his “New Philosophy” had inspired admiration and outrage in equal measure.

Keywords:   character sketches, William Hazlitt, Jeremy Bentham, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walter Scott, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, Thomas Malthus

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