The critic, essayist and painter William Hazlitt (1778-1830)
published and lectured widely on English literature, from
Elizabethan drama to reviews of the latest work of his own time.
His first extended work of literary criticism was Characters of
Shakespeare's Plays, published in 1817. This volume from 1908 takes
the text of the first edition and adds notes explaining complex
terms to readers and an introduction by J. H. Lobban, a lecturer in