Monday, January 12, 2009

Hazlitt Postscript

Buried in the footnotes of Hazlitt: The Mind of a Critic:
Among the notes which Hazlitt never saw fit to publish is perhaps the most vehement dismissal of general nature in all of romantic criticism. To Reynolds's "perfect beauty in any species must combine all the characters which are beautiful in that species," he replies: "These discourses seem written by an Hermaphrodite."

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