Hazlitt, William. Born in 1778. Critic and essayist, son of a non-conformist minister. As an artist, became acquainted with Leigh Hunt and Lamb, and published his "Essay on the Principles of Human Action." Afterward, he contributed to the "Examiner" many essays, including "The Round Table," "Table Talk," criticisms on "The Spirit of the Age"; lectured on Elizabethan dramatists at the Surrey Institution. He also wrote "Characters of Shakespeare's Plays," "View of the Contemporary English Stage," and a "Life of Napoleon." Died 1830.