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Leigh Hunt

James Henry Leigh Hunt (19 October 1784 – 28 August 1859), best known as Leigh Hunt, was an English critic, essayist and poet.

Hunt co-founded The Examiner, a leading intellectual journal expounding radical principles. He was the centre of the Hampstead-based group that included William Hazlitt and Charles Lamb, known as the 'Hunt circle'. Hunt also introduced John Keats, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson to the public.

Hunt's presence at Shelley's funeral on the beach near Viareggio was immortalised in the painting by Louis Édouard Fournier, although in reality Hunt did not stand by the pyre, as portrayed. Hunt was the inspiration for the Harold Skimpole character in Charles Dickens' novel Bleak House.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 19, 1784 (Southgate), Died August 28, 1859 (Putney)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: author

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-10705 10-in. 7/11/1911 Abou ben Adhem Frank Burbeck Recitation author  
Victor B-13747 10-in. 9/10/1913 Abou ben Adhem Homer A. Rodeheaver Male vocal solo, with orchestra author  
Victor BVE-39420 10-in. 6/22/1927 Her words Florence Higgins Butler Recitation author  
Victor BVE-49117 10-in. 11/16/1928 Abou Ben Adhem Sally Hamlin Recitation, with recordings author  
Victor D7VB-0447 10-in. 1/30/1947 Jenny kissed me Delta Rhythm Boys Male vocal quartet, with instrumental ensemble author  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Hunt, Leigh," accessed January 29, 2023,

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