CRITICAL AND HISTORICAL ESSAYS
LEIGH HUNT. (JANUARY, 1841.)
The Dramatic Works of WycHERLEy, CoNGREvE, WAN-
BRUGH, and FARQUHAR, with Biographical and Critical
Notices. By LEIGH HUNT. 8vo. London: 1840.
WE have a kindness for Mr. Leigh Hunt. We form
our judgment of him, indeed, only from events of
universal notoriety, from his own works, and from
the works of other writers, who have generally abused
him in the most rancorous manner. But, unless we
are greatly mistaken, he is a very clever, a very
honest, and a very good-natured man. We can clearly
discern, together with many merits, many faults both
in his writings and in his conduct. But we really
think that there is hardly a man living whose merits
have been so grudgingly allowed, and whose faults
have been so cruelly expiated.
In some respects Mr. Leigh Hunt is excellently
qualified for the task which he has now undertaken.
His style, in spite of its mannerism, nay, partly by
reason of its mannerism, is well suited for light, gar-
rulous, desultory ana, half critical, half biographical.
We do not always agree with his literary judgments;
but we find in him what is very rare in our time, the
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