Books: Immortal Hatred

BORN UNDER SATURN: A BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM HAZLITT— Catherine MacDonold Macleon—MacMillan ($3.50).

When Britain's war with Napoleon was brewing in 1803, the martial spirit swept the lyrical circles of Britain's Lake District. Poet William Wordsworth bought himself a red coat, drilled with the Ambleside Volunteers. Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote patriotic sonnets and coined a deathless phrase: "The Corsican upstart."

But Essayist William Hazlitt was in despair. He claimed that his friends were betraying their revolutionary principles, that Napoleon was "the best hope of the Cause of the Peoples of the earth." When he...

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