Blainey, Ann. Immortal Boy: A Portrait of Leigh Hunt. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1985. This biography adds further dimension to the usual perception of Hunt as a cheerful character by emphasizing the infuriating and melancholic sides of the man. Blainey’s brief, well-written portrait focuses on Hunt’s vulnerable, human qualities. Includes several illustrations, extensive bibliography, and index.
Edgecombe, Rodney Stenning. Leigh Hunt and the Poetry of Fancy. Cranbury, N.J.: Associated University Presses, 1994. Critical analysis of selected poetry by Hunt. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Holden, Anthony. The Wit in the Dungeon: The Remarkable Life of Leigh Hunt. New York: Little, Brown, 2005. A look at Hunt’s personal life, literary achievements, and his relationships with other prominent writers of his time. Includes sixteen pages of black-and-white photos.
Hunt, Leigh. Leigh Hunt: A Life in Letters, Together with Some Correspondence of William Hazlitt. Edited and introduced by Eleanor M. Gates. Essex, Conn.: Falls River, 1998. A collection of correspondence that offers invaluable insight into Hunt’s life and work.
Johnson, Brimley. Leigh Hunt. 1896. New York: Haskell, 1970. Examines Hunt’s major works in great detail, assessing the writer’s abilities separately as a journalist, poet, and critic. Johnson suggests that “gratitude” to Hunt for his service to liberalism and his “popularization” of taste should persuade critics to overlook his “shallow” intellect and weak style. Supplemented by an index.
Kendall, Kenneth E. Leigh Hunt’s “Reflector.” Paris: Mouton, 1971. Examines Hunt’s first literary periodical as a reflection of contemporary thought and times. Although the short book looks at other contributors from the Hunt circle, Hunt receives most of the attention. Kendall suggests that The Reflector was very important to the literary development of Hunt. Complemented by a bibliography, index, and appendixes.
McCown, Robert A., ed. The Life and Times of Leigh Hunt: Papers Delivered at a Symposium. Iowa City: Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries, 1985. A collection of critical essays covering various aspects of Hunt’s writings. Titles included are “Leigh Hunt in Literary History: A Response,” “Inter Pares: Leigh Hunt as Personal Essayist,” and “Leigh Hunt’s Dramatic Success: A Legend in Florence.” These essays marked the bicentennial of Hunt’s birth.
Roe, Nicholas. Fiery Heart: The First Life of Leigh Hunt. London: Pimlico, 2005. A biography of Hunt’s life and his achievements as a poet and journalist up until the death of his friend, Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1822.