Recent critical and scholarly interest in John Keats has encouraged a resurgence of interest in his friend and mentor, the poet and journalist Leigh Hunt. This timely collection of essays by leading British and North America romanticists explores Hunt's life, writings and cultural significance over the full length of his career, arguing for the recognition of Hunt's importance to British intellectual and literary culture in the Romantic period.

chapter 1|18 pages


Leigh Hunt’s Track of Radiance

chapter 2|13 pages

Leigh Hunt

Some Early Matters

chapter 4|20 pages

Leigh Hunt’s Foliage

A Cockney Manifesto

chapter 5|17 pages

Suburb Sinners

Sex and Disease in the Cockney School

chapter 7|17 pages

Cockney Chivalry

Hunt, Keats and the Aesthetics of Excess

chapter 8|21 pages

‘Even Now While I Write’

Leigh Hunt and Romantic Spontaneity

chapter 10|18 pages

Conceiving Disgust

Leigh Hunt, William Gifford and the Quarterly Review

chapter 11|16 pages

‘Seeing with Final Eyes’

Leigh Hunt, Design, Immortality

chapter 12|19 pages

Leigh Hunt

Interviews and Recollections, 1832–1921