Francis Jeffrey

(1773—1850) writer and judge

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a Whig who became a Scottish judge and an MP. He is remembered in a literary connection as the founder, with Sydney Smith, of the Edinburgh Review in 1802, as its editor until 1829, and as a stern but judicious critic of the writers of his day. Although he wrote appreciatively of many writers, including Crabbe, Sir W. Scott, Byron, and Keats, his inability to understand Wordsworth led to a series of attacks on ‘The Lake Poets’.

Subjects: History — Literature.

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