Hunt, James Henry Leigh (1784–1859)

  • Mary Wedd


Leigh Hunt was educated at Christ’s Hospital (1791–9). His early poems, Juvenilia, were published in 1801. A selection of his pieces as drama critic for the News was published in book form in 1808. In the same year, with his printer brother John, he began to edit The Examiner, which became the voice of liberal and reforming opinion, as well as a platform for literary talent. He also briefly edited The Reflector from 1810. Both brothers were imprisoned (1813–15) for libelling the Prince Regent, but Leigh was permitted to have his family with him and to continue to edit The Examiner. He was visited by friends, including Byron, Moore and the Lambs.


Book Form Political Protest Prince Regent Poetical Work Damage Influence 
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