Leigh Hunt: Selected Writings

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Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a prolific, versatile and engaging writer. He outlived many of the poets and essayists of his generation whose reputations overshadowed his, but Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats all owed a debt to his advocacy, as did Tennyson and Browning. A poet of charm and technical skill, and an able translator and playwright, Leigh Hunt excelled as an essayist, literary critic and letter writer. His concern was always, in the words of his son, to 'open more widely the door of the library',...
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Overview

Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) was a prolific, versatile and engaging writer. He outlived many of the poets and essayists of his generation whose reputations overshadowed his, but Coleridge, Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats all owed a debt to his advocacy, as did Tennyson and Browning. A poet of charm and technical skill, and an able translator and playwright, Leigh Hunt excelled as an essayist, literary critic and letter writer. His concern was always, in the words of his son, to 'open more widely the door of the library', to share his literary enthusiasms and extend his readers' tastes. This anthology draws on the full range of Hunt's poetry and prose, revealing a writer committed to the humane and civilizing powers of literature and friendship.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857547146
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Fyfield Bks.
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Leigh Hunt was an English essayist, writer, and a friend of Shelley and Keats. He is the author of Imagination and Fancy and What is Poetry? David Jesson-Dibley is the principal reader for The Professional Author's and Publisher's Association.

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Table of Contents

Biographical Introduction 7
Selected Bibliography 11
Poetry
From the Preface to The Story of Rimini 13
From The Story of Rimini 19
To Hampstead 46
Description of Hampstead 46
To the Grasshopper and the Cricket 47
On a Lock of Milton's Hair 47
The Nile 48
To T.L.H. 49
To a Lady who wished to see him (from the French of Clement Marot) 50
Song (from the French of Clement Marot) 51
From Captain Sword and Captain Pen 51
From the Autobiography 55
The Fish, the Man, and the Spirit 57
Abou Ben Adhem 59
Rondeau 59
From A Rustic Walk and Dinner 60
To Charles Dickens 62
On the Death of His Son Vincent 63
Prose
From 'What is Poetry' 64
From the Preface to Stories in Verse 71
From the Autobiography: Coleridge 88
From Table Talk: Charles Lamb 92
From Lord Byron and Some of His Contemporaries: Lord Byron 94
From Lord Byron and Some of His Contemporaries: Mr. Shelley 99
From Lord Byron and Some of His Contemporaries: Mr Keats 104
From The Examiner: Adonais 111
From a review of Tennyson's Poems (1842) 119
From The Examiner: Rules for the Conduct of Newspaper Editors 128
From The Examiner: Distressed Seamen 133
From The Examiner: Cause of the Inferiority of Parliament 137
From The Examiner: I and We 141
From the Indicator: A Now: descriptive of a hot day 146
From the Indicator: A Now: descriptive of a cold day 149
Letters
To Marianne Kent 154
To Marianne Hunt 156
To Mr. Ives, head jailer 159
To John Keats 165
To P. B. Shelley 166
To Joseph Severn 169
To P. B. Shelley 170
To Horace Smith 173
From T. B. Macaulay 174
To Thomas Moore 175
To B. W. Proctor 176
To B. W. Proctor 177
To Mr. and Mrs. Browning 180
Leigh Hunt as Seen by Contemporaries
William Hazlitt 183
Thomas Carlyle 184
Nathaniel Hawthorne 186
Charles Dickens: from Bleak House 187
John Forster 188
Charles Dickens 189
Notes 190
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