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In 1819, William Hazlitt, writer, radical journalist and philosopher, fallen upon harder times, moved into new lodgings, and fell in love with the maid, Sarah Walker.
As his friends deserted him, and the establishment and the right-wing press attacked him, Hazlitt fell madly, hopelessly in love with Sarah, to the point of breakdown. His devotion, although encouraged, was unrequited. In 1823, in a fit of passion and despair, he published their conversations and correspondence in a book that was used to destroy his reputation: Liber Amoris, the book of Love. With an introduction by novelist Zeeba Sadiq.