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H. P. Blavatsky


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Leigh Hunt

by Reginald Brimley Johnson

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PREFACE

Leigh Hunt's character is reflected in everything he wrote, but for the record of facts we must study, often in vain, the Autobiography—surely the most unmethodical work of its class ever published, though one of the most delightful—and the two volumes of Correspondence, edited by Thornton Hunt in 1862. Other letters may be found in Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke's Recollections of Writers, in the St. James' Magazine, vols, xxxiv. and xxxv., in Temple Bar, June, 1876, and in the Athenceum, July 7, 1883; while notices of Hunt abound in the memoirs and letters of his contemporaries. A most careful, but not entirely sympathetic, Life of Leigh Hunt was published by Mr. Cosmo Monkhouse in the "Great Writers" series, 1893, where for the first time this scattered material has been so collected and arranged as to form a most useful book of reference. Mr. Alexander Ireland's invaluable List of the Writings of Hazlitt and Leigh Hunt is a recognised text-book.

In the preparation of the following pages I have also made use of some personal impressions and details of private information most kindly entrusted

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to me a few years since (when I was editing Essays and Poems of Leigh Hunt—Temple Library, 1891) by Mr. Walter Leigh Hunt, the poet's grandson, Mr. Alexander Ireland, and Mr. C. W. Reynell. Less than two weeks before his death, if the reminiscence be permitted, I had the privilege of discussing Hunt's character and genius with Mr. J. Dykes Campbell, most generous counsellor to all students of literature, who then showed me the manuscript of The Keepsake, [828, from which he had identified Hunt's contributions to that work.

The extremely interesting "attempt of the author to estimate his own character," p. 136, seq., was discovered by Mr. Dykes Campbell "in a volume of pamphlets, etc., bound up by John Forster, and now in his collection at South Kensington," and reprinted by him in the Athenautn, March 25, 1893. The original is "a quarto half-sheet, apparently printed to match with the first edition of LordByron and his Contemporaries"

The frontispiece is from the unfinished portrait of Leigh Hunt, undoubtedly the best ever taken, by Samuel Lawrence, 1837—now in the possession of Mr. Walter Leigh Hunt, who has kindly allowed it to be again reproduced, and who also lent the letter, from which the characteristic signature has been taken, written—he believes—in 1850 or 1851.

R. B. J.

THE DILETTANTE LIBRARY.

Uniformly bound in crocodile cloth. Fcap. 8vo, cloth, each 2s. 6d. With a portrait.

ART OF ACTING, THE. Percy Fitzgerald, M.A., F.S.A,

BLAKE, 'wilijiam. Alfred T. Story.

BROWNING'S MESSAGE TO HIS TIME. Dr. Edward Berdoe.

BROWNING'S CRITICISM OF LIFE. W. F. Revell,

BROWNING AND WHITMAN: a Study In Democracy. Oscar L. Triggs.

DANTE. Oscar Browning, M.A.

DANTE AND HIS IDEAL. Herbert Baynes, M.R.A.S.

DOCTOR, THE : a Manx Poem. Rev. T. E. Brown, M.A.

GOETHE. Oscar Browning, M.A.

GREEK COMIC POEMS, FRAGMENTS OF, with renderings in English Verse. F. A. Paley, LL.D.

HOLMES, OLIVER WENDELL. Walter Jerrold.

HUGO, VICTOR. J. Pringle Nichol.

HUNT, LEIGH. Reginald Brimley Johnson.

IBSEN, HENRIK. Rev. P. H. Wicksteed, M.A.

JEFFERIES, RICHARD. H. S. Salt.


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