The son of a London engraver, Henry Neele attended grammar school in Kentish Town before being articled to an attorney. He began publishing anonymously in the Monthly Magazine in 1814; a first volume of poems appeared three years later when Neele was only nineteen. While he practiced law for a living, Neele devoted much of his time to literature. He gave a series of lectures on Shakespeare at the age of twenty, and in 1826 delivered a series of lectures on the English poets at the Russell Institution that received acclaim when they were posthumously printed. Neele contributed to several of the annuals and edited Friendship's Offering. He died by suicide.
Odes and other poems. 1817, 1821.
Poems, dramatic and miscellaneous. 1823.
The Tempest [Shakespeare, ed. Neele]. 1824.
Poems. 2 vols, 1827.
Romance of history: England. 3 vols, 1827.
Lectures on English poetry: from the reign of Edward the Third, to the time of Burns and Cowper ... and other literary remains. 1829.
The Tales. 1830.