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(Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859)

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  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt (new edition, revised by the author and his son; London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1860), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: A Book for a Corner: or, Selections in Prose and Verse From Authors the Best Suited to That Mode of Enjoyment; With Comments on Each, and a General Introduction (New York: Derby and Jackson, 1857) (multiple formats at archive.org)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: Classic Tales, Serious and Lively; With Critical Essays on the Merits and Reputation of the Authors (5 volumes; London: J. Hunt and C. Raynell, 1806-1807), contrib. by Henry Mackenzie, Oliver Goldsmith, Henry Brooke, Voltaire, Samuel Johnson, Jean-François Marmontel, John Hawkesworth, and Laurence Sterne (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and Miscellanies, Selected From The Indicator and Companion (New York: Derby and Jackson, 1859) (multiple formats at archive.org)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: Imagination and Fancy: or, Selections From the English Poets, Illustrative of Those First Requisites of Their Art, With Markings of the Best Passages, Critical Notices of the Writers, and an Essay in Answer to the Question "What is Poetry?" (New York: G. P. Putnam, 1848)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Italian Poets, Translated into English Prose: Containing a Summary in Prose of the Poems of Dante, Pulci, Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso (New York: H. W. Derby, 1861), contrib. by Dante Alighieri, Luigi Pulci, Matteo Maria Boiardo, Lodovico Ariosto, and Torquato Tasso (multiple formats at archive.org)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Lord Byron and Some of His Contemporaries; With Recollections of the Author's Life, and of His Visit to Italy (second edition, 2 volumes; London: H. Colburn, 1828)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: One Hundred Romances of Real Life (London: Whittaker and Co., 1843), contrib. by Charlotte Smith and François Gayot de Pitaval (page images at Google)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, contrib.: The Rebelllion of the Beasts: or, The Ass is Dead! Long Live the Ass!!! (attributed to Hunt, dedication signed by "John Pimplico"; London: J. and L. Hunt, 1825) (multiple formats at archive.org)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Stories From the Italian Poets, With Lives of the Writers (2 volumes; 1846), contrib. by Dante Alighieri, Luigi Pulci, Matteo Maria Boiardo, Lodovico Ariosto, and Torquato Tasso
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Tales (London: W. Paterson and Co., 1891), ed. by William Angus Knight (multiple formats at archive.org)

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  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: ... Leigh Hunt as poet and essayist, being the choicest passages from his works selected and ed., with a biographical introduction, (London and New York, F. Warne and co., 1891), ed. by Charles Kent (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: [Leigh Hunt's works.]. (New York : Derby & Jackson, 1859) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: [Works ...] ([New York, Derby & Jackson, 1859]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: An address to that Quarterly Reviewer who touched upon Mr. Leigh Hunt's "Story of Rimini". (London, R. Jennings., 1816) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: An answer to the question 'what is poetry?' including remarks on versification. (Boston Ginn & co., 1893), also by Albert S. Cook (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography ... (London : Smith, 1906) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt, (Westminster, A. Constable & co., ltd., 1903), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt, ed. by Roger Ingpen (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt. (London Smith, Elder& Co., 1891), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt. (London : Smith, Elder, 1860), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt. (London : Smith, Elder, 1870) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt. (London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1885), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt ... (London : Smith, Elder & co., 1878), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt : (London : Smith, Elder, 1850) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt ... (London, Smith, Ebber and co., 1860), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt, with reminiscences of friends and contemporaries. (New York : Harper & Brothers, 1850) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt, with reminiscences of friends and contemporaries ... (New York, Harper & brothers, 1860), also by Thomas Carlyle (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt, with reminiscences of friends and contemporaries, and with Thornton Hunt's introduction and postscript, (Westminster, A. Constable & co., 1903), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt and Roger Ingpen (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography of Leigh Hunt, with reminiscences of friends and contemporaries, and with Thornton Hunt's introduction and postscript, (New York : E. P. Dutton & Co., [1903]), also by Thornton Leigh Hunt and Roger Ingpen (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The autobiography ... with reminiscences of friends and contemporaries. (New York, Harper, 1850) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Bacchus in Tuscany, a dithyrambic poem, (London : Printed for J. and H.L. Hunt, 1825), also by John Cookson. prt Kelley, Francesco Redi, and John Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Ballads of Robin Hood, (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Priv. print., 1922), also by Luther Albertus Brewer (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Ballads of Robin Hood, by Leigh Hunt; with some manuscript reproductions. (Cedar Rapids, Ia., Priv. print. [The Torch Press], 1922) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Beaumont and Fletcher; or, The finest scenes, lyrics, and other beauties of those two poets, now first selected from the whole of their works, to the exclusion of whatever is morally objectionable: (London, H. G. Bohn, 1862), also by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Beaumont and Fletcher; or, The finest scenes, lyrics, and other beauties of those two poets, now first selected from the whole of their works, to the exclusion of whatever is morally objectionable: with opinions of distinguished critics, notes explanatory and otherwise, and a general introductory preface, (London, H. G. Bohn, 1855), also by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Beaumont and Fletcher; or, The finest scenes, lyrics, and other beauties of those two poets, selected from the whole of their works. (London, G. Bell, 1889), also by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Beaumont and Fletcher; or, The finest scenes, lyrics, and other beauties of those two poets, selected from the whole of their works, with opinions of distinguished critics, notes, explanatory and otherwise, and a general introductory preface, (London, G. Bell and Sons, 1884), also by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A book for a corner : or, selections in prose and verse from authors the best suited to that mode of enjoyment / (London : Chapman and Hall, 1849) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A book for a corner : or, selections in prose and verse from authors the best suited to that mode of enjoyment : with comments on each, and a general introduction / (New York : Derby, 1859) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A book for a corner : or, Selections in prose and verse from authors the best suited to that mode of enjoyment ... / (New York : Derby & Jackson, 1859) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A book for a corner: or, Selections in prose and verse from authors the best suited to that mode of enjoyment: (New York : G.P. Putnam, 1852) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A book for a corner; or, Selections in prose and verse from authors the best suited to that mode of enjoyment. (New York : Derby, 1857) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A book for a corner; or, Selections in prose and verse from authors the best suited to that mode of enjoyment, with comments on each, and a general introduction. (New York : Derby, 1861) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A book for a corner, or, Selections in prose and verse from authors the best suited to that mode of enjoyment / (London : Chapman and Hall, 1851), also by J. Franklin and F. W. Hulme (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The book of the sonnet; (London : S. Low, son & Marston, 1867), also by S. Adams Lee (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The book of the sonnet, (Boston : Roberts Brothers, 1867), also by S. Adams Lee (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The book of the sonnet / (Boston : Roberts, 1867), also by Samuel Adams Lee and Bridgeport National Bindery (Firm) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Captain Sword and Captain Pen, a poem. (London, Chas. Gilpin, 1849) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Captain Sword and Captain Pen. A poem, (London, C. Gilpin, 1849) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Captain Sword and Captain Pen: A Poem (Gutenberg ebook)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Captain Sword and Captain Pen. A poem, with some remarks on war and military statesmen. (London, C. Knight, 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Captain Sword and Captain Pen : an anti-war poem / (Iowa City : Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries, 1984), also by Rhodes Dunlap (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Christ's hospital, recollections of Lamb, Coleridge, and Leigh Hunt, (London, G. Allen, 1896), also by R. Brimley Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Charles Lamb (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Christ's hospital recollections of Lamb, Coleridge, and Leigh Hunt ; (London, G. Allen, 1902), also by R. Brimley Johnson, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Charles Lamb (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Classic tales : serious and lively / (London ; Edinburgh : William Paterson, 1889) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Classic tales, serious and lively / (New York : White and Allen, [188-?]), also by Laurence Sterne, John Hawkesworth, Jean-François Marmontel, Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, Henry Brooke, Oliver Goldsmith, and Henry Mackenzie (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Classic tales : serious and lively / (London : Printed and published by and for John Hunt & Carew Reynell, in Brydges Street, Strand, 1806), also by Voltaire, Laurence Sterne, John Hawkesworth, Jean-François Marmontel, Samuel Johnson, Henry Brooke, Oliver Goldsmith, and Henry Mackenzie (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Classic tales, serious and lively / (London ; Edinburgh : W. Paterson, [18--?]), also by Laurence Sterne, John Hawkesworth, Jean-François Marmontel, Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, Henry Brooke, Oliver Goldsmith, and Henry Mackenzie (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Classic tales : serious and lively / (London : Dent, [1894?]), also by Laurence Sterne, Henry Mackenzie, Samuel Johnson, John Hawkesworth, Jean-François Marmontel, Voltaire, Henry Brooke, and Oliver Goldsmith (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: Classic tales, serious and lively [with critical essays on the merits and reputation of the authors]. (London and Edinburgh, W. Paterson, [1895?]) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Classic tales, serious and lively, with critical essays on the merits and reputation of the authors ... (London : John Hunt & Carew Raynell, 1807), also by Laurence Sterne, John Hawkesworth, Jean-François Marmontel, Samuel Johnson, Voltaire, Henry Brooke, Oliver Goldsmith, and Henry Mackenzie (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Coaches and Coaching, illust. by Paul Hardy (Gutenberg ebook)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Coaches and coaching / (New York : James Pott & Company, [1908?]), illust. by Paul Hardy (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Coaches and coaching / (Boston : H. Caldwell, [189-?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The companion. (New York : AMS Press, 1967) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The companion. (London, Hunt and Clarke, 1828), also by William Randolph Hearst (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Companion. (London : Printed for Hunt and Clarke, 1828), also by Carew Henry. prt Reynell and Hunt & Clarke. pbl (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The correspondence of Leigh Hunt. (London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1862), ed. by Thornton Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Critical essays on the performers of the London theatres : including general observations on the practise and genius of the stage / (London : Printed by and for John Hunt, 1807) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Critical essays on the performers of the London theatres : including general observations on the practice and genius of the stage / By the author of the theatrical criticisms in the weekly paper called The News. (London : Printed by and for J. Hunt, 1807) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Dante's Divine comedy, the book and its story (New York, C. Scribner's sons, 1903) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A day by the fire; (Boston : Roberts brothers, 1870), also by Joseph Edward Babson (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A day by the fire; (Boston, Roberts brothers, 1870), also by Joseph Edward Babson (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A day by the fire; and other papers, hitherto uncollected. (Boston, Roberts Brothers, 1870), ed. by Joseph Edward Babson (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A day by the fire; and other papers, hitherto uncollected. By Leigh Hunt. (Boston : Roberts Brothers, 1869) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The descent of liberty, a mask. (London, Printed for Gale, Curtis, and Fenner, 1815) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The descent of liberty, : a mask; / by Leigh Hunt. (London : Printed for Gale and Fenner ... by S. Hamilton ..., 1816) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Dramatic essays (London, W. Scott, 1894), also by Robert William Lowe and William Archer (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Dramatic essays. Selected and edited, with notes and an introduction, (London, W. Scott, 1894) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The dramatic works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. (London, E. Moxon, 1846), also by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The dramatic works of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. With a biographical and critical sketch. (London, E. Moxon, 1846), also by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: The dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar. (London, G. Routledge, 1880), by William Wycherley, George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, and William Congreve (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: The dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar. (London, E. Moxon, 1840), by William Wycherley, George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, and William Congreve (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh and Farquhar / (London : E. Moxon, 1855), also by George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, William Congreve, and William Wycherley (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: The dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar : / (London : George Routledge and Sons, 1871), by William Wycherley, Leigh Hunt, George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, and William Congreve (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar : / (London : George Routledge and Sons, 1871), also by William Wycherley, George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, and William Congreve, ed. by Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: Dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar. With biographical and critical notices. (London, New York, G. Routledge and sons, 1866), by William Wycherley, George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, and William Congreve (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar. With biographical and critical notices. (London, E. Moxon, 1840), also by William Wycherley (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquhar : with biographical and critical notices / (London : E. Moxon, 1849), also by George Farquhar, John Vanbrugh, William Congreve, and William Wycherley (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays (London, New York [etc.] The Walter Scott publishing co., [1912]), ed. by Arthur Symons (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays, (London, New York, W. Scott, [1893?]), also by Arthur Symons (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays. (London, Edward Moxon, 1841) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays / (London : W. Scott, 1888), ed. by Arthur Symons and Arthur Symons (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays / (London : J. Long, 1907) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and miscellanies. (Philadelphia, A. Hart, 1851) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and miscellanies / (Philadelphia : A. Hart, late Carey & Hart, 1851) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and miscellanies / (Philadelphia : A. Hart, 1854) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and miscellanies selected from The Indicator, and Companion. (New York : Derby, 1861) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and miscellanies, selected from The Indicator and Companion. (New York : Derby, 1857) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and miscellanies : selected from the Indicator, and Companion / (N.Y. : Derby & Jackson, 1859) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and sketches (London, New York, H. Frowde, Oxford Univ. Press., [1912]), also by R. Brimley Johnson (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and sketches [electronic resource] / (London ; Toronto : H. Frowde, [1912?]), also by R. Brimley Johnson (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays and sketches by Leigh Hunt, chosen and edited with an introduction by R. Brimley Johnson. (London : Henry Frowde, Oxford Univ. Press, 1912) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays by Leigh Hunt / (London : W. Scott, 1887), also by Arthur Symons (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays by Leigh Hunt, edited, with an introduction and notes, by Edmund Ollier. (London : Chatto & Windus, 1890) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays. By Leigh Hunt. The indicator. The seer. (London : Edward Moxon, 1842) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays by Leigh Hunt. The Indicator. The Seer. (London, E. Moxon, 1842) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The essays of Leigh Hunt, (New York, E.P. Dutton and Company, 1903), also by H. M. Brock, ed. by Arthur Symons (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Essays of Leigh Hunt; (London, J. M. Dent and co., 1891), also by R. Brimley Johnson (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The essays of Leigh Hunt. (London : J. M. Dent & co., [1903?]), ed. by Arthur Symons, illust. by H. M. Brock (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The essays of Leigh Hunt / (London : Dent, 1910), also by Arthur Symons (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The examiner. ([London] : Printed and published by John Hunt ..., [1808-) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Favorite poems / (Boston : Osgood, 1877) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The feast of the poets, with notes, and other pieces in verse, (London, Printed for James Cawthorn, 1814), also by Carew Henry. prt Reynell and James Cawthorn (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The feast of the poets, with notes, and other pieces in verse, (New-York, Printed and published by Van Winkle and Wiley, corner of Wall and New-streets, 1814) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The feast of the poets : with notes, and other pieces in verse, / (London : Printed for Gale, Curtis, and Fenner, 1815 [() (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The feast of the poets, with other pieces in verse, (London, Gale and Fenner, 1815) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Flora domestica, or, The portable flower-garden : with directions for the treatment of plants in pots and illustrations trom the works of the poets. (London : Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 1823), also by Elizabeth Kent (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Florentine tales: (London, R. Bentley, 1847), also by Thomas Powell (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Foliage; or Poems original and translated, (London : Printed for C. and J. Ollier, Welbeck Street., 1818), also by Carew Henry Reynell and C. and J. Ollier (Firm). pbl (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: The foster-brother; a tale of the War of Chiozza, (New York, Harper & Brothers, 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The foster-brother : a tale of the war of Chiozza / (London : T.C. Newby, [184-?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Godfrey of Bulloigne; (New-York, Wiley & Putnam, 1845-46), also by Torquato Tasso and Charles Knight (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Godfrey of Bulloigne; or, The recovery of Jerusalem: (New York, Wiley & Putnam, 1845-46), also by Torquato Tasso and Edward Fairfax, ed. by Charles Knight (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Godfrey of Bulloigne, or, The recovery of Jerusalem / (London : G Cox, 1844-1853), also by Torquato Tasso and Edward Fairfaix (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Godfrey of Bulloigne; or, The recovery of Jerusalem: done into English heroical verse, (New York, Wiley & Putnam, 1845-46), also by Torquato Tasso, Charles Knight, and Edward Fairfax (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Godfrey of Bulloigne, or, The recovery of Jerusalem : done into English heroical verse, from the Italian of Tasso / (New York : Putnam, 1851), also by Torquato Tasso, ed. by Charles Knight, trans. by Edward Fairfax (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Godrey of Bulloigne : or the recovery of Jerusalem : done into English heroical verse from the Italian of Tasso / (New York : G.P. Putnam, 1849), also by Torquato Tasso, Charles Knight, and Edward Fairfax (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy; (London, Smith, Elder & co., 1891) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: Imagination and fancy. (London : Smith, Elder, and co., 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy; (New York, G. P. Putnam, 1852) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy; (Lond., 1870) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy; (London, Smith, Elder & co., 1871) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy / (London : Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1995), also by John Valdimir Price (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy, or, Selections from the English poets : illustrative of those first requisites of their art : with markings of the best passages, critical notices of the writers, and an essay in answer to the question "What is poetry?" / (London : Smith, Elder, 1845) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy; or, Selections from the English poets, illustrative of those first requisites of their art; with markings of the best passages, critical notices of the writers, and an essay in answer to the question, "What is poetry?" (New York, Wiley and Putnam, 1845) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy : or, selections from the English poets, illustrative of those first requisites of their art, with markings of the best passages, critical notices of the writers, and an essay in answer to the question "What is poetry?" / (New York : G. P. Putnam, 1851) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy; or, Selections from the English poets, illustrative of those first requisites of their art; with markings of the best passages, critical notices of the writers, and an essay in answer to the question "What is poetry?" (London : Smith, Elder, 1891) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy; or, Selections from the English poets, illustrative of those first requisites of their art; with markings of the best passages, critical notices of the writers, and an essay in answer to the question, "What is poetry?" (London : Smith, Elder and Co., 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Imagination and fancy : or, Selections from the English poets, illustrative of those first requisites of their art; with markings of the best passages, critical notices of the writers, and an essay in answer to the question "What is poetry?" / (London : Smith, Elder & Co., 1883) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Indicatior: a miscellany for the fields and the fireside. (New York, Wiley and Putnam, 1845) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The indicator. (London, 1822) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The indicator [serial]. ([London : J. Appleyard,) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Indicator: a miscellany for the fields and the fireside. (New York: Wiley and Putnam, 161 Broadway., 1845) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Indicator; and the Companion; a miscellany for the fields and fire-side. (London : Pub. for H. Colburn, by R. Bentley [etc.], 1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Indicator, and the Companion; a miscellany for the fields and the fire-side. (London : Published for H. Colburn, by R. Bentley, 1834) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Indicator, and the Companion; a miscellany for the fields and the fire-side. (London, E. Moxon, 1845) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The indicator, and The companion; a miscellany for the fields and the fire-side. (London : E. Moxon, 1840) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Indicator, and the Companion : a miscellany for the fields and the fire-side / (London : E. Moxon., MDCCCXLV) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Italian poets : translated into English prose / (New York : H. W. Derby, 1861) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Italian poets translated into English prose. Containing a summary i prose of the poems of Dante, Pulci, Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso, with comments, occasional passages versified, and critical notices of the lives and genius of the authors. (New York, H.W. Derby, 1861), also by Torquato Tasso, Lodovico Ariosto, Matteo Maria Boiardo, Luigi Pulci, and Dante Alighieri (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Italian poets : translated into English prose ; containing a summary in prose of the poems of Dante, Pulci, Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso, with comments, occasional passages versified, and critical notices of the lives and genius of the authors. / (Philadelphia : Willis P. Hazard, 1854) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A jar of honey from Mount Hybla. (London : J. Murray, 1897) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A jar of honey from Mount Hybla, (London, Smith, Elder, 1897) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A jar of honey from Mount Hybla, (London, J. Murray, 1897) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A jar of honey from Mount Hybla. (London : Smith, Elder, 1870) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A jar of honey from Mount Hybla, (London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1848), also by Elder Smith (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla, illust. by Richard Doyle (Gutenberg ebook)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A jar of honey from Mount Hybla / (London : Smith, Elder, & Co., 1883), illust. by Richard Doyle (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Juvenilia; or, a collection of poems. (London, Printed by J. Whiting, 1803) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Juvenilia; or, a collection of poems. (London, J. Whiting, 1803) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Juvenilia; or, A collection of poems. Written between the ages of twelve & sixteen, (London : Printed by J. Whiting, 1802) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Juvenilia; or, A collection of poems. Written between the ages of twelve & sixteen, (London, Printed by J. Whiting, 1802), also by James. prt & pub Whiting (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Juvenilia : or, A collection of poems written between the ages of twelve and sixteen / (London : Printed by J. Whiting, and sold by Rivingtons, Robson [&c], 1801), also by James. prt Whiting, James Robson, and C. and J. Rivington F. (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Juvenilia : or, A collection of poems ; written between the ages of twelve and sixteen / (Philadelphia : Printed and published for the author by H. Maxwell, 1804) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A legend of Florence. A play. (London, E. Moxon, 1840) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A legend of Florence. A play. In five acts. (London, E. Moxen, 1840) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: A legend of Florence : a play in five acts / (London : E. Moxon, 1840) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Leigh Hunt as a poet and essayist, (London New York, F. Warne and co., 1889) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Leigh Hunt as poet and essayist, being the choicest passages from his works selected and ed., (London and New York, F. Warne and co., 1889), ed. by Charles Kent (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Leigh Hunt as poet and essayist, being the choicest passages from his works selected and ed., with a biographical introduction, (London and New York, F. Warne and co., [1889.]), also by Charles Kent (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Leigh Hunt's journal: a miscellany for the cultivation of the memorable, the progressive and the beautiful, no. 1, December 7, 1850-[no. 17, March 29, 1851] ([London, Printed by Stewart & Murray, 1850-1851]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Leigh Hunt's letter on Hogg's Life of Shelley, with other papers / (Cedar Rapids, Ia. : Privately printed, 1927) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Leigh Hunt's London journal. ([London : Sparrow & Co., 1834-1835]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: Leigh Hunt's London journal. "To assist the inquiring, animate the struggling, and sympathize with all." Comprising a great variety of original articles of an instructive and entertaining character. (London, C. Knight [etc.], 1834-1835) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Leigh Hunt's works. (Philadelphia, W. P. Hazard, 1856) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Letters from Percy Bysshe Shelley to J.H. Leigh Hunt / (London : [s.n.], 1894), also by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas James Wise (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Liberal (London, Printed by and for J. Hunt, 1822-23), also by Percy Bysshe Shelley (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Liberal. Verse and prose from the south. (Salzburg, Austria : Institut für Englische Spache und Literatur, Universität Salzburg, 1978), also by Percy Bysshe Shelley and George Gordon Byron Byron (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Liberal; Verse and prose from the south. (Salzburg, Institut für Englische Sprache und Literatur, Universität Salzburg, 1978), also by Percy Bysshe Shelley and George Gordon Byron Byron (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Liberal : verse and prose from the south. (London : Printed by and for John Hunt, 1822-23), also by William Hazlitt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, George Gordon Byron Byron, and John Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The Liberal. Verse and prose from the south ... (London, Printed by and for J. Hunt, 1822-23), also by Percy Bysshe Shelley and George Gordon Byron Byron (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: The Literary examiner: consisting of the Indicator, a review of books, and miscellaneous pieces in prose and verse. (London, Printed for H.L. Hunt, 1823) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Lord Byron and some of his contemporaries, with recollections of the author's life, and of his visit to Italy. (London, H. Colburn, 1828), also by J. M. Hart and Edward John Trelawny (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Lord Byron and some of his contemporaries; with Recollections of the author's life, and of his visit to Italy. (London, H. Colburn, 1828) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Lord Byron and some of his contemporaries : with recollections of the author's life, and of his visit to Italy / (Philadelphia : Carey, Lea and Carey, 1828) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The masque of anarchy. A poem. (London, Pub. for the Shelley society by Reeves and Turner, 1892), also by Percy Bysshe Shelley and Thomas James Wise (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The masque of anarchy. A poem. (London, E. Moxon, 1832), also by Percy Bysshe Shelley (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books. (London, Smith, Elder & co., 1870) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books; a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, (New York, Harper & brothers, 1873) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books; a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, from his uncollected prose writings, (London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books : a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, from his uncollected prose writings / (London : Smith, Elder and co., 1847) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books; a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, from his uncollected prose writings, (London, Smith, Elder and co., 1847) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books : a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, from his uncollected prose writings / (New York : Harper & Brothers, 1855) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books; a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, from his uncollected prose writings... (New York, Harper Brothers, 1847), also by Harper & Brothers (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books; a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, from his uncollected prose writings, (London : Smith, Elder & co., 1891) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Men, women, and books; a selection of sketches, essays, and critical memoirs, from his uncollected prose writings. (New York : Harper & Brothers, Publishers, 1873) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Monthly critical gazette. (London.) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: The Monthly repository. (London [etc.] C. Fox [etc.]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: The Monthly repository. (London [etc.] C. Fox [etc.]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The months, descriptive of the successive beauties of the year, (London, C. & J. Ollier, 1821) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: My books : an essay / (Cambridge, Mass. : University Press, 1910) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The old court suburb. (London, Hurst and Blackett, [1860?]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The old court suburb: or Memorials of Kenfington regal, critical, & anecdotical; by the late J. H. Leigh Hunt, Efq.; edited by Aufstin Dobfon, & newly embellifh'd by Herbert Railton, Claude Shepperfon, & Edmund J. Sullivan, Efq. (London : Freemantle & co., 1902) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The old court suburb : or, Memorials of Kensington, regal, critical, & anecdotical / (Philadelphia : Lippincott Co. ; London : Freemantle & co., 1902) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The old court suburb : or, Memorials of Kensington, regal, critical, & anecdotical / (London : Constable ; New York : Scott-Thaw, 1903) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The old court suburb; or, Memorials of Kensington, regal: critical & anecdotical... Ed. by Austin Dobson... (London : Freemantle, 1902) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The old court suburb; or, Memorials of Kensington, regal, critical, and anecdotical. (London, Hurst and Blackett, 1855) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The old court suburb; or, Memorials of Kensington, regal, critical, and anecdotical ... (London, Hurst and Blackett, [1855?]), also by William Randolph Hearst (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: One hundred romances of real life; (London, Whittaker & Co., 1843) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, ed.: One hundred romances of real life; (London, Whittaker & Co., 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: One hundred romances of real life / (London : Hamilton, Adams, 1888) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Poems of Leigh Hunt, with prefaces from some of his periodicals; (London, J. M. Dent and co., 1891), also by R. Brimley Johnson, illust. by Herbert Railton (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Poetical works. (Boston, Ticknor and Fields, 1863) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Poetical works; (Boston, Ticknor, 1865), also by S. Adams Lee (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works ... (London, New York, Ward, Lock and co., [1884]) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works ... (London, 1849) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Poetical works of Leigh Hunt. (London, Moxon, 1832) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: Poetical works of Leigh Hunt. (London, Moxon, 1832), also by William Randolph Hearst (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works of Leigh Hunt. (Boston, Ticknor and Fields, 1857), ed. by S. Adams Lee (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works of Leigh Hunt. (London : Ward, Lock and Co., [1884?]) (page images at HathiTrust; US access only)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works of Leigh Hunt. (London : E. Moxon, 1849) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works of Leigh Hunt / (London ; New York : Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1860), also by Edward Henry Corbould and Thornton Leigh Hunt (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works of Leigh Hunt and Thomas Hood (selected). (London : W. Scott; New York, W. J. Gage, [1889]), also by J. Harwood Panting and Thomas Hood (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works of Leigh Hunt, containing many pieces now first collected. (London, E. Moxon, 1846) (page images at HathiTrust)
  • Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859: The poetical works of Leigh Hunt, containing many pieces now first collected. (London, Edward Moxon, 1844) (page images at HathiTrust)

This article is about the 19th-century English poet and essayist. For other uses, see Leigh Hunt (disambiguation).

James Henry Leigh Hunt (19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859), best known as Leigh Hunt, was an English critic, essayist, poet, and writer.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

James Henry Leigh Hunt was born at Southgate, London, where his parents had settled after leaving the United States. His father Isaac, a lawyer from Philadelphia, and his mother, Mary Shewell, a merchant's daughter and a devout Quaker, had been forced to come to Britain because of their loyalist sympathies during the American War of Independence. Hunt's father took holy orders and became a popular preacher, but he was unsuccessful in obtaining a permanent living. Hunt's father was then employed by James Brydges, 3rd Duke of Chandos, as tutor to his nephew, James Henry Leigh (father of Chandos Leigh), after whom the boy was named.[1]

Education[edit]

Leigh Hunt was educated at Christ's Hospital from 1791 to 1799, a period which is detailed in his autobiography. He entered the school shortly after Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Charles Lamb had both left; Thomas Barnes, however, was a school friend of his. One of the current boarding houses at Christ's Hospital is named after him. As a boy, he was an ardent admirer of Thomas Gray and William Collins, writing many verses in imitation of them. A speech impediment, later cured, prevented his going to university. "For some time after I left school," he says, "I did nothing but visit my school-fellows, haunt the book-stalls and write verses." His poems were published in 1801 under the title of Juvenilia, and introduced him into literary and theatrical society. He began to write for the newspapers, and published in 1807 a volume of theatre criticism, and a series of Classic Tales with critical essays on the authors.

Hunt's early essays were published by Edward Quin, editor and owner of The Traveller.[2]

Family[edit]

In 1809, Leigh Hunt married Marianne Kent (whose parents were Thomas and Ann). Over the next 20 years they had ten children: Thornton Leigh (1810–73), John Horatio Leigh (1812–46), Mary Florimel Leigh (1813–49), Swinburne Percy Leigh (1816–27), Percy Bysshe Shelley Leigh (1817–99), Henry Sylvan Leigh (1819–76), Vincent Leigh (1823–52), Julia Trelawney Leigh (1826–72), Jacyntha Leigh (1828–1914), and Arabella Leigh (1829–30).[3]

Marianne, who had been in ill health for most of her life, died 26 January 1857, aged sixty-nine. Leigh Hunt made little mention of his family in his autobiography. Marianne's sister, Elizabeth Kent (Hunt's sister-in-law), became his amanuensis.

Newspapers[edit]

The Examiner[edit]

In 1808 he left the War Office, where he had been working as a clerk, to become editor of the Examiner, a newspaper founded by his brother, John. His brother Robert Hunt, among others, also contributed to its columns; his criticism earned the enmity of William Blake, who described the journal's office at Beaufort Buildings, Strand, London, as containing a "nest of villains".[5] Blake's response included Leigh Hunt, who aside from publishing the vitriolic reviews of 1808 and 1809 had added Blake's name on a list of "quacks".[6]

This journal soon acquired a reputation for unusual political independence; it would attack any worthy target, "from a principle of taste," as John Keats expressed it. In 1813, an attack on the Prince Regent, based on substantial truth, resulted in prosecution and a sentence of two years' imprisonment for each of the brothers — Leigh Hunt served his term at the Surrey County Gaol.[7] Leigh Hunt's visitors in prison included Lord Byron, Thomas Moore,[8]Lord Brougham, Charles Lamb and others, whose acquaintance influenced his later career. The stoicism with which Leigh Hunt bore his imprisonment attracted general attention and sympathy. His imprisonment allowed him many luxuries and access to friends and family, and Lamb described his decorations of the cell as something not found outside a fairy tale. When Jeremy Bentham called on him, he was found playing battledore.[1]

A number of essays in The Examiner that were written by Hunt and William Hazlitt between 1814 and 1817 under the series title "The Round Table" were collected in book form in The Round Table, published in two volumes in 1817. Twelve of the fifty-two essays were by Hunt, the rest by Hazlitt.[9]

The Reflector[edit]

In 1810–1811 he edited a quarterly magazine, the Reflector, for his brother John. He wrote "The Feast of the Poets" for this, a satire, which offended many contemporary poets, particularly William Gifford of the Quarterly.

The Indicator[edit]

In 1819–1821, Hunt edited The Indicator, a weekly literary periodical published by Joseph Appleyard. Hunt probably wrote much of the content as well, which included reviews, essays, stories, and poems.[10][11]

The Companion[edit]

In 1828 from January to July, Hunt edited The Companion, a weekly literary periodical published by Hunt and Clarke. The journal dealt with books, theatrical productions and miscellaneous topics.[12]

Poetry[edit]

In 1816 he made a mark in English literature with the publication of Story of Rimini, based on the tragic episode of Francesca da Rimini told in Dante's Inferno.[13] Hunt's preference was decidedly for Chaucer's verse style, as adapted to modern English by John Dryden, in opposition to the epigrammatic couplet of Alexander Pope which had superseded it. The poem is an optimistic narrative which runs contrary to the tragic nature of its subject. Hunt's flippancy and familiarity, often degenerating into the ludicrous, subsequently made him a target for ridicule and parody.

In 1818 appeared a collection of poems entitled Foliage, followed in 1819 by Hero and Leander, and Bacchus and Ariadne. In the same year he reprinted these two works with The Story of Rimini and The Descent of Liberty with the title of Poetical Works, and started the Indicator, in which some of his best work appeared. Both Keats and Shelley belonged to the circle gathered around him at Hampstead, which also included William Hazlitt, Charles Lamb, Bryan Procter, Benjamin Haydon, Charles Cowden Clarke, C.W. Dilke, Walter Coulson and John Hamilton Reynolds. This group was known as the Hunt Circle, or, pejoratively, as the Cockney School.[7]

Some of Hunt's most popular poems are "Jenny kiss'd Me", "Abou Ben Adhem and the Angel" and "A Night-Rain in Summer".

Friendship with Keats and Shelley[edit]

He had for some years been married to Marianne Kent. His own affairs were in confusion, and only Percy Bysshe Shelley's generosity saved him from ruin. In return he showed sympathy to Shelley during the latter's domestic distresses, and defended him in the Examiner. He introduced Keats to Shelley and wrote a very generous appreciation of him in the Indicator. Keats seems, however, to have subsequently felt that Hunt's example as a poet had been in some respects detrimental to him.

After Shelley's departure for Italy in 1818, Leigh Hunt became even poorer, and the prospects of political reform less satisfactory. Both his health and that of his wife failed, and he was obliged to discontinue the Indicator (1819–1821), having, he says, "almost died over the last numbers." Shelley suggested that Hunt go to Italy with him and Byron to establish a quarterly magazine in which Liberal opinions could be advocated with more freedom than was possible at home. An injudicious suggestion, it would have done little for Hunt or the Liberal cause at the best, and depended entirely upon the co-operation of the capricious, parsimonious Byron. Byron's principal motive for agreeing appears to have been the expectation of acquiring influence over the Examiner, and he was mortified to discover that Hunt was no longer interested in the Examiner. Leigh Hunt left England for Italy in November 1821, but storm, sickness and misadventure delayed his arrival until 1 July 1822, a rate of progress which Thomas Love Peacock appropriately compares to the navigation of Ulysses.

The death of Shelley, a few weeks later, destroyed every prospect of success for the Liberal. Hunt was now virtually dependent upon Byron, who did not relish the idea of being patron to Hunt's large and troublesome family. Byron's friends also scorned Hunt. The Liberal lived through four quarterly numbers, containing contributions no less memorable than Byron's "Vision of Judgment" and Shelley's translations from Faust; but in 1823 Byron sailed for Greece, leaving Hunt at Genoa to shift for himself. The Italian climate and manners, however, were entirely to Hunt's taste, and he protracted his residence until 1825, producing in the interim Ultra-Crepidarius: a Satire on William Gifford (1823), and his translation (1825) of Francesco Redi's Bacco in Toscana.

In 1825 a litigation with his brother brought him back to England, and in 1828 he published Lord Byron and some of his Contemporaries, a corrective to idealized portraits of Byron. The public was shocked that Hunt, who had been obliged to Byron for so much, would "bite the hand that fed him" in this way. Hunt especially writhed under the withering satire of Moore. For many years afterwards, the history of Hunt's life is a painful struggle with poverty and sickness. He worked unremittingly, but one effort failed after another. Two journalistic ventures, the Tatler (1830–1832), a daily devoted to literary and dramatic criticism, and Leigh Hunt's London Journal (1834–1835), were discontinued for want of subscribers, although the latter contained some of his best writing. His editorship (1837–1838) of the Monthly Repository, in which he succeeded William Johnson Fox, was also unsuccessful. The adventitious circumstances which allowed the Examiner to succeed no longer existed, and Hunt's personality was unsuited to the general body of readers.

In 1832 a collected edition of his poems was published by subscription, the list of subscribers including many of his opponents. In the same year was printed for private circulation Christianism, the work afterwards published (1853) as The Religion of the Heart. A copy sent to Thomas Carlyle secured his friendship, and Hunt went to live next door to him in Cheyne Row in 1833. Sir Ralph Esher, a romance of Charles II's period, had a success, and Captain Sword and Captain Pen (1835), a spirited contrast between the victories of peace and the victories of war, deserves to be ranked among his best poems.[14] In 1840 his circumstances were improved by the successful representation at Covent Garden of his play Legend of Florence. Lover's Amazements, a comedy, was acted several years afterwards, and was printed in Leigh Hunt's Journal (1850–1851); other plays remained in manuscript. In 1840 he wrote introductory notices to the work of Sheridan and to Edward Moxon's edition of the works of William Wycherley, William Congreve, John Vanbrugh and George Farquhar, a work which furnished the occasion of Macaulay's essay on the Dramatists of the Restoration. The narrative poem The Palfrey was published in 1842.

More financial difficulties[edit]

The time of Hunt's greatest difficulties was between 1834 and 1840. He was at times in absolute poverty, and his distress was aggravated by domestic complications. By Macaulay's recommendation he began to write for the Edinburgh Review. In 1844 Mary Shelley and her son, on succeeding to the family estates, settled an annuity of £120 upon Hunt (Rossetti 1890); and in 1847 Lord John Russell procured him a pension of £200. Now living in improved comfort, Hunt published the companion books, Imagination and Fancy (1844), and Wit and Humour (1846), two volumes of selections from the English poets, which displayed his refined, discriminating critical tastes. His book on the pastoral poetry of Sicily, A Jar of Honey from Mount Hybla (1848), is also delightful. The Town (2 vols., 1848) and Men, Women and Books (2 vols., 1847) are partly made up from former material. The Old Court Suburb (2 vols., 1855; ed. A Dobson, 2002) is a sketch of Kensington, where he long resided. In 1850 he published his Autobiography (3 vols.), a naive and affected, but accurate, piece of self-portraiture. A Book for a Corner (2 vols.) was published in 1849, and his Table Talk appeared in 1851. In 1855 his narrative poems, original and translated, were collected under the title Stories in Verse.

He died in Putney on 28 August 1859, and is buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. In September 1966 Christ's Hospital named one of its Houses in memory of him.

Leigh Hunt was the original of Harold Skimpole in Bleak House. "Dickens wrote in a letter of 25 September 1853, 'I suppose he is the most exact portrait that was ever painted in words! ... It is an absolute reproduction of a real man'; and a contemporary critic commented, 'I recognized Skimpole instantaneously; ... and so did every person whom I talked with about it who had ever had Leigh Hunt's acquaintance.'"[15]G. K. Chesterton suggested that Dickens "may never once have had the unfriendly thought, 'Suppose Hunt behaved like a rascal!'; he may have only had the fanciful thought, 'Suppose a rascal behaved like Hunt!'" (Chesterton 1906).

Other works[edit]

  • Amyntas, A Tale of the Woods (1820), a translation of Tasso'sAminta
  • Flora Domestica, Or, The Portable Flower-garden : with Directions for the Treatment of Plants in Pots and Illustrations From the Works of the Poets. London: Taylor and Hessey. 1823. , with Elizabeth Kent, published anonymously[16]
  • The Seer, or Common-Places refreshed (2 pts., 1840–1841)
  • three of the Canterbury Tales in The Poems of Geoffrey Chaucer modernized (1841)
  • Stories from the Italian Poets (1846)
  • compilations such as One Hundred Romances of Real Life (1843)
  • selections from Beaumont and Fletcher (1855)
  • with S Adams Lee, The Book of the Sonnet (Boston, 1867).

His Poetical Works (2 vols.), revised by himself and edited by Lee, were printed at Boston in 1857, and an edition (London and New York) by his son, Thornton Hunt, appeared in 1860. Among volumes of selections are Essays (1887), ed. A Symons; Leigh Hunt as Poet and Essayist (1889), ed. C Kent; Essays and Poems (1891), ed. RB Johnson for the "Temple Library."

His Autobiography was revised shortly before his death, and edited (1859) by his son Thornton Hunt, who also arranged his Correspondence (2 vols., 1862). Additional letters were printed by the Cowden Clarkes in their Recollections of Writers (1878). The Autobiography was edited (2 vols., 1903) with full bibliographical note by Roger Ingpen. A bibliography of his works was compiled by Alexander Ireland (List of the Writings of William Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt, 1868). There are short lives of Hunt by Cosmo Monkhouse ("Great Writers," 1893) and by RB Johnson (1896). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Volume 28 (2004).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ab Ireland, Alexander (1899). "Hunt, James Henry Leigh". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 60. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  2. ^ Donoghue, David James (1896). "Quin, Edward". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 47. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
  3. ^"LEIGH HUNT". www.epsomandewellhistoryexplorer.org.uk. Retrieved 27 January 2018. 
  4. ^Symons, Arthur (1907). William Blake. New York: Dutton. p. 150. 
  5. ^Blake, William; Essick, Robert N.; Viscomi, Joseph (1998-09-04). Milton a poem, and the final illuminated works: The ghost of Abel, On Homers poetry, [and] On Virgil, Laocoön. Princeton University Press. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-691-00148-7. Retrieved 2 December 2010. 
  6. ^ abRoe, Nicholas. "'The Hunt Era': Jeffrey N. Cox, Poetry and Politics in the Cockney School: Keats, Shelley, Hunt and their Circle and The Examiner, 1818–1822, introduced by Yasuo Deguchi." Romanticism on the Net 14 (May 1999). Accessed 19 December 2006.
  7. ^See Byron's "To Thomas Moore : Written The Evening Before His Visit To Mr. Leigh Hunt In Horsemonger Lane Gaol, May 19, 1813".
  8. ^Hazlitt, William. The Complete Works of William Hazlitt (ed. P.P. Howe), vol. 4. London: Dent & Sons, 1910, "Bibliographical Note" and "Advertisement to the Edition of 1817" (unpaginated).
  9. ^Hayden, John O. (1969). The Romantic Reviewers, 1802–1824. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. p. 263. 
  10. ^Hunt, Leigh (ed.). "The Indicator, 1819–1821" (1–76). London: Joseph Appleyard. 
  11. ^"The Companion" (1–29). London: Hunt and Clarke. 1828. 
  12. ^"The following story is founded on a passage in Dante, the substance of which is contained in the concluding paragraph of the third canto. For the rest of the incidents, generally speaking, the praise or blame remains with myself." (Hunt, "Preface").
  13. ^Captain Sword and Captain Pen. A poem by Leigh Hunt; With Some Remarks on War and Military Statesmen. London: Charles Knight, Ludgate Street. 1835. Retrieved 8 December 2016 – via Internet Archive. 
  14. ^Page, Norman, editor, Bleak House, Penguin Books, 1971, p.955 (note 2 to Chapter 6).
  15. ^Daisy Hay. "Elizabeth Kent's Collaborators". Romanticism Volume 14, Number 3, 2008 pp. 272–281

References[edit]

  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Hunt, James Henry Leigh". Encyclopædia Britannica. 13 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 934–936. 
  • Blainey, Ann. Immortal Boy. 1985.
  • Blunden, Edmund, The Examiner Examined. Cobden-Sanderson, 1928
  • Cox, Jeffrey N., Poetry and Politics in the Cockney School: Keats, Shelley, Hunt and their Circle. Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN 978-0-521-63100-6
  • Eberle-Sinatra, Michael, Leigh Hunt and the London Literary Scene: A Reception History of His Major Works, 1805–1828. Routledge, 2005.
  • Holden, Anthony, The Wit in the Dungeon: The Life of Leigh Hunt. Little, Brown, 2005. ISBN 978-0-316-85927-1
  • Lulofs, Timothy J. and Hans Ostrom, Leigh Hunt: A Reference Guide. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1985. ISBN 978-0-415-31676-7
  • Roe, Nicholas, Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt. Pimlico, 2005. ISBN 978-0-7126-0224-2
  • The Autobiography of Leigh Hunt (3rd Edition) – With an introduction by Edmund Blunden, Oxford University Press "The World's Classics" Series 1928
  • Hay, Daisy (2008). "Elizabeth Kent's Collaborators". Romanticism. 14 (3): 272–281. doi:10.1353/rom.0.0038. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 

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Leigh Hunt, engraved by H. Meyer from a drawing by J. Hayter
The Funeral of Shelley by Louis Édouard Fournier (1889); pictured in the centre are, from left, Trelawny, Hunt, and Byron. (As a matter of fact Hunt was not standing before the fire, he remained in his coach the entire time.)

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