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Hunt, Leigh (or James Henry Leigh Hunt, 1784-1859)
CRITICAL ESSAYS ON THE PERFORMERS OF THE LONDON THEATRES, INCLUDING GENERAL OBSERVATIONS ON THE PRACTISE AND GENIUS STAGE
Printed by and for John Hunt, London, 1807. The author's second book, preceded by Juvenilia (1801). Corresponding with Hunt's career as theatrical critic for The News, this influential collection of criticism anticipated the concept of dramatic character that Coleridge and Hazlitt would develop at greater length. A central figure of the Romantic movement in England, Hunt produced a large body of poetry in a variety of forms, and played a major role in freeing the couplet from the rigidity of neoclassical practice. He was also a friend and supporter of Percy Shelley and John Keats; his defense of the latter's work as "poetry for its own sake" was an important anticipation of the views of the Aesthetic movement. An extra-illustrated edition, with an engraved title page featuring a striking vignette and 29 inserted plates. The errata leaf and Prospectus of The Examiner are present. Octavo. In a one-half burgundy morocco over marbled paper binding, with decorative gilt stamping, five raised bands, and matching marbled endpapers. Unobtrusive pin hole to the first two leaves, with an old bookseller's description is a affixed to the second. Some mild edgewear; otherwise very good. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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