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The Life of Napoleon volume 6

William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt is one of the foremost writers of the English language. His fame as a critic, essayist and social commentator ranks with the likes of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He considered his justly famous Life of Napoleon as his most important work. In this, the sixth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through Napoleon's captivity on the island of St. Helena, his decline and his death. Napoleon is no longer involved in the great affairs of France and Europe, which gives Hazlitt the opportunity to focus as never before on Napoleon the man. We see the Emperor who once battled the combined nations of Europe engaged in constant war against the petty tyranny of the English governor of the island while preparing his memoirs and longing for his family, who were never allowed to visit him. In the end, death claims him. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. At this stage in Napoleon's career, he focuses more on the great events, less on the man and his mind. It is an appropriate focus; at this stage in his life, Napoleon's whole existence was wrapped up in those great events, his personal life was submerged in them. Hazlitt sometimes transcends and sometimes falls victim to the prevailing attitudes of his day. His thinking sometimes juxtaposes highly progressive ideas with casual bigotry. His text has been left as he wrote it; it is valuable to hear and remember that even great minds have held ideas we prefer to think we have overcome. The Life of Napoleon was originally published in four volumes in 1828-1830, not long before Hazlitt's death. It was later republished in a limited edition of six volumes by the Grolier Society. This audiobook is based on that edition.

William Hazlitt is one of the foremost writers of the English language. His fame as a critic, essayist and social commentator ranks with the likes of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He considered his justly famous Life of Napoleon as his most important work. In this, the sixth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through Napoleon's captivity on the island of St. Helena, his decline and his death. Napoleon is no longer involved in the great affairs of France and Europe, which gives Hazlitt the opportunity to focus as never before on Napoleon the man. We see the Emperor who once battled the combined nations of Europe engaged in constant war against the petty tyranny of the English governor of the island while preparing his memoirs and longing for his family, who were never allowed to visit him. In the end, death claims him. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. At this stage in Napoleon's career, he focuses more on the great events, less on the man and his mind. It is an appropriate focus; at this stage in his life, Napoleon's whole existence was wrapped up in those great events, his personal life was submerged in them. Hazlitt sometimes transcends and sometimes falls victim to the prevailing attitudes of his day. His thinking sometimes juxtaposes highly progressive ideas with casual bigotry. His text has been left as he wrote it; it is valuable to hear and remember that even great minds have held ideas we prefer to think we have overcome. The Life of Napoleon was originally published in four volumes in 1828-1830, not long before Hazlitt's death. It was later republished in a limited edition of six volumes by the Grolier Society. This audiobook is based on that edition.
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History

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William Hazlitt is one of the foremost writers of the English language. His fame as a critic, essayist and social commentator ranks with the likes of Samuel Johnson and George Orwell. He considered his justly famous Life of Napoleon as his most important work. In this, the sixth volume of the work, William Hazlitt takes us through Napoleon's captivity on the island of St. Helena, his decline and his death. Napoleon is no longer involved in the great affairs of France and Europe, which gives Hazlitt the opportunity to focus as never before on Napoleon the man. We see the Emperor who once battled the combined nations of Europe engaged in constant war against the petty tyranny of the English governor of the island while preparing his memoirs and longing for his family, who were never allowed to visit him. In the end, death claims him. Hazlitt was a life-long admirer of Napoleon and of the French Revolution, but his admiration was not blind. His analysis is both passionate and clear-sighted. At this stage in Napoleon's career, he focuses more on the great events, less on the man and his mind. It is an appropriate focus; at this stage in his life, Napoleon's whole existence was wrapped up in those great events, his personal life was submerged in them. Hazlitt sometimes transcends and sometimes falls victim to the prevailing attitudes of his day. His thinking sometimes juxtaposes highly progressive ideas with casual bigotry. His text has been left as he wrote it; it is valuable to hear and remember that even great minds have held ideas we prefer to think we have overcome. The Life of Napoleon was originally published in four volumes in 1828-1830, not long before Hazlitt's death. It was later republished in a limited edition of six volumes by the Grolier Society. This audiobook is based on that edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

4h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:36


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:29


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:03


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:00


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:00


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:58


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:03


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:04


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:01


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:55


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:06


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:57


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:52


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:06


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:00


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:03


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:57


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:14


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:04


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:55


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:09


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:03


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:54


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:14


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:57


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:56


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:57


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:14


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:49


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:07


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

00:53