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Sir Jonathan Bate to give Hazlitt Society lecture

Scholar will talk about former Soho writer's relationship with poet William Wordsworth

15 September, 2017 — By The Xtra Diary

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THE eminent literary scholar Sir Jonathan Bate will give the annual Hazlitt Society lecture next week, focusing on the relationship between the 19th-century writer and the poet William Wordsworth.

Hazlitt, the master critic, wrote affectionately about Wordsworth in his Spirit of the Age, despite having fallen out with his former Dove Cottage ally for most of his life because of political differences.

While Hazlitt remained a supporter of the French revolution throughout his life, Wordsworth – a one-time revolutionary – drifted into conservatism.

Hazlitt lived in Soho for many years – there’s a “boutique hotel” named after him in Frith Street on the site of a former boarding house he lived in – and he is buried in St Anne’s Gardens, Wardour Street.

His links with Wordsworth have been well documented by Michael Foot, who wrote a book about Hazlitt, and unveiled his restored grave in 2003. The former Labour leader donated his entire Hazlitt archive of books and letters to the Wordsworth Trust after his death in 2010.

Sir Jonathan’s talk, at University College London, is part of full day’s programme of events in memory of the writer on September 23.

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