Wednesday, 17 August 2016

#plaque366 William Hazlitt

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 

The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

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“The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and endure much.” William Hazlitt 1823

Quite what William Hazlitt would think of having a boutique hotel named in his honour, is a matter for another day – although Bill Bryson brings any hoity-toity fancy hotel frippery back down to rude earth with the line, “All the rooms are named after his chums or women he shagged there.” Ahem.

Writer, grammarian, philosopher, regarded by the literary establishment as among the greatest of English essayists, Hazlitt lived in a modest apartment within what is now the upmarket Hazlitt’s Hotel. Much of his work today is today out of print. But one could find worse things to do of a wet London afternoon than trawl the Cecil Court bookshops for a copy of his Characters of Shakespeare’s Plays – which remains required reading for all Bardic scholars.

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