ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Leigh Hunt

(1784-1859)


Leigh Hunt studied at Christ's Hospital where he wrote the schoolboy verses published in Juvenilia (1801). As a journalist he edited the Examiner (1808), Reflector (1810), and the Indicator (1819). In 1813 he was incarcerated for libeling the Prince Regent; while in prison he named his daughter after Spenser's Florimel. In 1822 Hunt traveled to Italy where he projected The Liberal with Byron and Shelley before returning to London in 1825. He was granted a government pension in 1847; his annotated copy of Todd's Variorum Spenser is in the Victoria and Albert Museum.


TEXT RECORDS:

1801Christ's Hospital.
1801Elegy. Written in Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey.
1801Pastorals, in imitation of Virgil and Pope.
1801The Palace of Pleasure: To the Public.
1801The Palace of Pleasure; an Allegorical Poem. In Two Cantos. Written in Imitation of Spenser.
1801The Progress of Painting.
1801The Shade of Collins. An Ode.
1801To Friendship. In the Manner of Collins's Ode to Evening.
1805The Strife of Praise; a Pastoral.
1806Dirge.
1811The Feast of the Poets.
1814Ode for the Spring of 1814.
1814[Note on Campbell's Gertrude of Wyoming.]
1815The Descent of Liberty. A Masque.
1815The Poets.
1815The Round Table. No. 2.
1816Harry Brown to his Cousin Tom, Jun. Letter II.
1816Harry Brown's Letters to his Friends. Letter VII. [Epistle to Charles Lamb.]
1816The Laureate laid double.
1816The Story of Rimini. Canto I.
1816The Story of Rimini. Canto II.
1816The Story of Rimini. Canto III.
1816The Story of Rimini. Canto IV.
1816The Story of Rimini. Preface.
1816To the right honourable Lord Byron on his Departure for Italy and Greece.
1818To Miss K. Written on a Piece of Paper which happened to be headed with a long List of Trees.
1820May-Day.
1823Among my Books.
1823The Book of Beginnings.
1823Ultra-Crepidarius. A Satire on William Gifford.
1825Criticism on Female Beauty. No. II.
1825New May-day and Old May-day, &c.
1828Pocket-Books and Keepsakes.
1828[Lord Byron's Opinion of Spenser.]
1828[Studies at Christ's Hospital.]

PUBLICATIONS:

Juvenilia written between the ages of twelve and sixteen. 1801.
Critical essays on the performers of the London theatres. 1807.
The examiner: a Sunday paper. 1808-21.
An attempt to show the folly and danger of Methodism. 1809.
The reformist's answer to the article entitled State of parties in the last Edinburgh Review. 1810.
The reflector. 1810-11.
The Prince of Wales v. the Examiner. 1812.
The feast of the poets with notes, and other pieces. 1814.
The decent of liberty: a mask. 1815.
The story of Rimini. 1816.
Musical copyright: Whitaker versus Hume. 1816.
The round table: a collection of essays [contributor]. 2 vols, 1817.
Foliage: or poems original and translated. 1818.
The literary pocket-book. 1818-22.
Hero and Leander, and Bacchus and Ariadne. 1819.
Poetical works. 3 vols, 1819.
The indicator. 1819-21.
Amyntas: a tale of the woods. 1820.
The months descriptive of the successive beauties of the year. 1821.
Ultra-Crepidarius: a satire on William Gifford. 1823.
Bacchus in Tuscany [Redi, trans.] 1825.
Lord Byron and some of his contemporaries. 1828.
The Companion, ed. Hunt. 1828.
The masque of Anarchy [Shelley, ed. Hunt]. 1832.
Sir Ralph Esher: or adventures of a gentleman of the Court of Charles II. 3 vols, 1832.
Christendom: or belief and unbelief reconciled. 1832.
Poetical works. 1832.
The Indicator and the companion: a miscellany for the fields and fireside. 2 vols, 1834.
Captain sword and captain pen. 1835.
A legend of Florence: a play. 1840.
The seer: or common-places refreshed. 1840-41.
Heads of the people drawn by Kenny Meadows, with original essays. 1840.
Notice of the late Mr Egerton Webbe. 1840.
R. B. Sheridan, Dramatic works [ed. Hunt]. 1840.
Dramatic works of Wycherley, Congreve, Vanbrugh, and Farquahar. 1840.
The poems of Geoffrey Chaucer modernized [with R. H. Horne]. 1841.
The palfrey: a love-story of old times. 1842.
One hundred romances of real life [ed. Hunt]. 1843.
Imagination and fancy; with an essay in answer to the question, What is poetry? 1844.
Poetical works. 1844.
Wit and humour, with an illustrative essay [ed. Hunt]. 1846.
Stories from the Italian poets. 2 vols, 1846.
Men, women, and books. 2 vols, 1847.
A jar of honey from Mount Hybla. 1848.
The town: its memorable characters and events. 2 vols, 1848.
The autobiography of Leigh Hunt. 2 vols, 1850.
Table talk. 1851.
The religion of the heart. 1853.
Stories in verse now first collected. 1855.
A saunter through the West End. 1861.
Correspondence of Leigh Hunt. 2 vols, 1862.
The book of the sonnet [ed. Hunt and S. Adams Lee]. 2 vols, 1867.
A day by the fire; and other pieces hitherto uncollected. 1870.
Works. 7 vols, 1870-72.
The wishing-cap papers now first collected. 1873.
Essays and poems, ed. R. B. Johnson. 2 vols, 1891.
Dramatic essays, ed. William Archer and R. W. Lowe. 1894.
Ballads of Robin Hood. 1922.
Poetical works, ed. H. S. Milford. 1923.
Marginalia, ed. L. A. Brewer. 1926.
Prefaces, ed. R. B. Johnson. 1927.
My Hunt library: the holograph letters, ed. L. A. Brewer. 1938.
Dramatic criticism, literary criticism, and political and occasional essays, ed. L. H. and C. W. Houtchens. 3 vols, 1949-62.
Political and occasional essays, ed. H. anc C. W. Houtchens. 1962.
Selected writings. 1990.