No. 11: Leigh Hunt at 40

james-henry-leigh-hunt‘It is often necessary for a good journalist to write bad literature. It is sometimes the first duty of a good man to write it’ G.K. Chesterton once wrote, in a brief introduction to a collection of Charles Dickens’s journalism. He expresses in characteristically pithy fashion a central problem with literary journalism and its interactions both with the outside world, and with the world of art. Few writers grappled with this problem more resolutely than James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859), who is an important and unjustly neglected figure both in nineteenth-century press history and in our literary history. Continue reading “No. 11: Leigh Hunt at 40”

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No. 1: Charles Dickens at 40

Dickens 1852 cleanshavenIt was in February 1852 that Charles Dickens turned 40; this would be the year he would commence writing what many consider to be his most accomplished novel (and the only one to mention dinosaurs), Bleak House. Continue reading “No. 1: Charles Dickens at 40”