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James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), Poet, essayist and critic

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A poet and essayist best known for his promotion of younger writers such as Keats and Shelley. In 1808, he established a political periodical called the Examiner. Celebrated for its reformist line, the Examiner also promoted the work of Keats, Shelley, Charles Lamb and William Hazlitt. It deliberately antagonised the government and in 1812, Hunt and his brother John were sentenced for an article criticizing the Prince Regent. It continued in production from their prison cells, but lost momentum after their release. In 1822, Leigh Hunt travelled to Italy with Shelley and Byron and founded a radical journal called The Liberal.

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