Because Hitch followed the adolescent — and irritating — rule of varying words for the sake of it or out of a mistaken fear of boring the reader. Priestley whose four pieces three of them extremely short are very little more than bits of autobiography.
A portrait of Williams is held by the National Portrait Gallery, London and a bronze bust of his portrait is held in the Arts Council art collection. Unless you have visited the very places and had the very experiences described, it is very difficult to read these essays without being bored.
To spend too much time in studies, is sloth; to use them too much for ornament, is affectation; to make judgment wholly by their rules, is the humour of a scholar: In other words, these are essays written by English writers, never mind that some of them had Welsh ThomasIrish Goldsmith, LyndScottish Stevenson or even French Belloc blood in their veins.
But I have done him an injustice in the previous paragraph. Given the choice between Lamb and Hazlitt, Hazlitt is definitely my man.
The florid style is the reverse of the familiar. What is worse, it is very jejune. Organized waste among consumers is the first condition of our industrial prosperity.
John Steinbeck confessed a very early love for Addison which he never lost and concluded in this beautiful way: There is consequently a sense of strain in reading Hazlitt which his fine raptures and no writer soared more rapturously can only overcome on select occasions.
Had he lived a century later, Charles Lamb would not have been an essayist at all. But I do have something to say about his Introduction and his editorial work. Some of the contributors are mixed bags, which is a polite way to say that their contributions contain little of interest. Since the essay is hard to find, here are extensive excerpts from it.
The accusation of hate is hilarious, for Mr Hewlett obviously hates Hazlitt. The affection is another matter: We embraced in a shadow that only we saw and chose to defy. Here it is, original spelling and capitalisation preserved: He preferred to tell the whole truth.
He makes an ungracious figure in history, unsocial and anti-social too, with his blundering, uncouth loves, his undignified quarrels, and insatiable hatreds.
It offers a fresh point of view. He knew that even the most cruelly bereaved must eat; that hunger is stronger than sorrow and that its satisfaction takes precedence even of tears. His themes call for no precise terms of definitions, not even logic.
Unplatonic art-snobbery is a hybrid or mule; for it is simultaneously a sub-species of culture-snobbery and of possession-snobbery. Every man who can contemplate these matters with such wholesome detachment and entirely without morbidity, not to mention write like this, becomes my friend: Not a word in this quote has been dated for nearly years.
It was natural and racy, eloquent where eloquence was needed, easy to read, clear and succinct, neither below the weight of his matter nor with fine phrases trying to give it a specious importance. In a third group we find those essayists who do their work in the world of high abstractions, who never condescend to be personal and who hardly deign to take notice of the particular facts, from which their generalizations were originally drawn.
Unplatonic art-snobs go further and actually buy art.
None of the 'pastoral melancholy' of that grassy solitude shows in his writing, whose zest is that of hunger rather than wholesome appetite. But he also was one of the greatest musical critics of the twentieth century.
Browsing the volume at leisure is an exhilarating experience. Shakespeare had not been accustomed to write themes at school in favour of virtue or against vice. Booze-snobbery has now made it socially permissible, and in some circles even rather creditable, for well-brought-up men and this is the novelty well-brought-up women of all ages, from fifteen to seventy, to be seen drunk, if not in public, at least in the very much tempered privacy of a party.
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