Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859

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Birth 1784-10-19
Death 1859-08-28

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English essayist and poet.

From the description of [Letters] / Leigh Hunt. [1848-1856] (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 234302986

From the description of Criticism on female beauty : notes, ca. 1824. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122510755

Leigh Hunt moved from Chelsea to Kensington in 1840.

From the description of Leigh Hunt, letter : Kensington, England : Autograph note signed, [1840?] Nov. 22. (University of California, Berkeley). WorldCat record id: 85027152

Epithet: essayist and poet

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000297.0x00037a

English poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to his brother John, 1812 Tuesday July 14. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269510956

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to Victoria, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270880539

James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was an essayist and poet. For full details of his life and achievements see the Dictionary of National Biography

From the guide to the Correspondence and associated material relating to Leigh Hunt, 1851-1952, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

Leigh Hunt, English poet, journalist, and literary critic.

From the guide to the Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 332 items, 1801-1859, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

From the description of Leigh Hunt manuscript material : 327 items, 1801-1859 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 297235105

Leigh Hunt was an English poet, essayist, literary critic, journalist, translator, editor and prose writer during the early nineteenth century. He spent two years in prison, from 1813 to 1815, after slandering the Prince Regent in an Examiner editorial. Hunt was the editor of the Examiner from 1808 until 1821.

From the description of Leigh Hunt collection of papers, 1772-1883 bulk (1813-1859). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122465659

From the guide to the Leigh Hunt collection of papers, 1772-1883, 1813-1859, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

British poet, journalist, and literary critic.

From the description of Abou Ben Adhem : autograph manuscript signed, [ca. 1844]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269516702

English essayist and poet Leigh Hunt was born on October 19, 1784 in Southgate, Middlesex, England.

Hunt began to write poetry when he was still a boy, some of which his father published in an 1801 volume titled Juvenilia . In 1808 Hunt and his brother John started the Liberal newspaper the Examiner, for which Hunt wrote on various subjects for the next thirteen years. One of Hunt's pieces for the Examiner, a critical article about the Prince Regent, led to a libel conviction and a two year prison sentence in 1813. While writing for the Examiner, Hunt also continued to write poetry, publishing several volumes of poems, including The Story of Rimini in 1816. In addition to his own work, Hunt was also the friend and publisher of many other literary minds of his day, including George Gordon Byron, John Keats, and Percy Bysshe Shelley. Through these friendships, Hunt influenced the English Romantics. Hunt passed away on August 28, 1859.

"Hunt, Leigh." Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Biography . Oxford: Helicon, 2000. Available online via the Biography Reference Bank at (accessed January 27, 2009).

From the guide to the Leigh Hunt letter to Charles Ollier, 1854 January 24, (University of Delaware Library - Special Collections)


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