Leigh Hunt

Leigh Hunt (James Henry Leigh Hunt) (lē), 1784–1859, English poet, critic, and journalist. He was a friend of the eminent literary men of his time, and his home was the gathering place for such notable writers as Hazlitt, Lamb, Keats, and Shelley. With his brother John, Hunt established (1808) the Examiner, a liberal weekly to which he contributed political articles. Because of an outspoken article attacking the prince regent, the brothers were imprisoned from 1813 to 1815, but they continued to edit the journal from jail. In 1822, Hunt joined Shelley and Byron in Italy and launched the Liberal (1822–23), which proved a failure. During other periods Hunt contributed to the Indicator (1819–21), the Tatler (1830–32), and Leigh Hunt's London Journal (1834–35). His literary fame rests chiefly on his miscellaneous light essays, his lyrics Abou Ben Adhem and Jenny Kissed Me, and his witty and informative autobiography (1850). The Story of Rimini (1816), based on the love of Paolo and Francesca, is his only long poem of consequence. A noted dramatic and literary critic, he was one of the first to praise the genius of Shelley and Keats.

See L. H. and C. W. Houtchens, ed., Leigh Hunt's Dramatic Criticism (1949), Leigh Hunt's Literary Criticism (1956), and Leigh Hunt's Political and Occasional Essays (1962); biographies by E. Blunden (1930, repr. 1970), J. R. Thompson (1977), A. Blainey (1985), and A. Holden (2005).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Leigh Hunt: Selected full-text books and articles

The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt By Leigh Hunt Cresset Press, 1949
Leigh Hunt's Dramatic Criticism, 1808-1831 By Lawrence Huston Houtchens; Carolyn Washburn Houtchens Columbia University Press, 1949
An Anthology of Light Verse By Louis Kronenberger The Modern Library, 1935
Librarian’s tip: Includes "Jenny Kiss'd Me," "Fairies' Song" and other poems by Leigh Hunt
Currents and Eddies in the English Romantic Generation By Frederick E. Pierce B. Blom, 1972
Librarian’s tip: Chap. VIII "The Eddy around Leigh Hunt"
FREE! A Group of English Essayists of the Early Nineteenth Century By C. T. Winchester The Macmillan Company, 1910
Librarian’s tip: "Leigh Hunt" begins on p. 204
The English Romantic Poets and Essayists: A Review of Research and Criticism By Lawrence Huston Houtchens; Carolyn Washburn Houtchens Modern Language Association of America, 1957
Librarian’s tip: "Leigh Hunt" begins on p. 262
FREE! The Romantic Movement in English Poetry By Arthur Symons E. P. Dutton, 1909
Librarian’s tip: "James Henry Leigh Hunt" begins on p. 218
Encyclopedia of the Essay By Tracy Chevalier Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997
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