James Henry Leigh Hunt (19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859 / Southgate, London)
James Henry Leigh Hunt, best known as Leigh Hunt, was an English critic, essayist, poet and writer.
Leigh Hunt was born at Southgate, London, where his parents had settled after leaving the USA. 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 ... more »
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''"No love," quothe he, "but vanity, sets love a task likeLeigh Hunt (1784-1859), British poet. The Glove and the Lions (l. 24). . . Favorite Poems Old and New. Helen Ferris, ed. (1957) Doubleday & Compan...
''The laughing queen that caught the world's great hands.''Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), British poet. The Nile (l. 8). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (1964; reprinte...
''It flows through old hushed Egypt and its sands,Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), British poet. The Nile (l. 1-2). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Hayward, ed. (1964; reprin...
Like some grave mighty thought threading a dream,''
''Green little vaulter in the sunny grass,''Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), British poet. To the Grasshopper and the Cricket (l. 1). . . Oxford Book of Nineteenth-Century English Verse, The. John Ha...