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The Sensitive Son’s Midlife Crisis—Hazlitt and Rousseau

  • Myron Tuman
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Abstract

Tuman compares the parallel midlife crises of two adoring sons. First is William Hazlitt, the English essayist, who, after the dissolution of his marriage, fell hopelessly in love with a teenage serving girl in his new lodgings and wrote about it directly in the confessional and often angry Liber Amoris and more eloquently, if indirectly, in his late essays. The second is Rousseau and the grand romance of his life. Given Rousseau’s nature as a lifelong worshipful son, it should not be a surprise to learn that this romance turned out to be little more than a prolonged flirtation with a married woman, an extravagance from which his contemporary reputation never fully recovered.

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  • Myron Tuman
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  1. 1.New OrleansUSA

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