James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)
James Henry Leigh
Hunt was born to a clergyman who later ended up in prison
due to debts. He was intrigued by the world of politics
and prose. He quickly befriended others like him such as
Percy Bysshe Shelley or Charles Lamb. Leigh Hunt started
writing poems and political articles and worked for the
News as a drama critic. With his brother, in 1808 he launched
a political journal, The Examiner. This political
journal supported political radicals such as Sir Francis
Burdett or Robert Owen. Leigh Hunt upset the authorities
by pointing out on the front page of every edition of the
political journal that half the cost of the price was the
result of the government's "tax on knowledge".
Authority punished Leigh Hunt and his brother by arresting
them and charging them with libel after publishing an article
criticizing the Prince Regent. The brothers were found guilty
and sentenced to two years' imprisonment and a £500
fine. In prison Leigh Hunt continued to edit the Examiner.
After leaving prison, Leigh continued to work for the Examiner
until 1821. He traveled to Italy with Byron and Shelley.
The three published a journal there free from British authority
and it became a wide success.
Leigh Hunt manly wrote articles and was a journalist. His
radical views greatly influenced and inspired other writers
to express themselves.
1816 Story of Rimini
1819-21 The Indicator
1822-23 The Liberal
1830-32 The Tatler
1834-35 Leigh Hunt's London Journal
Selected Prose and Poetry by Leigh Hunt -
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