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Jeffrey, Francis


Francis Jeffrey, founder of the Edinburgh Review (In its time, it was the most important critical journal in the English-speaking world.), was born on 23 October 1773 in Charles Street, Edinburgh, the son of a Depute-Clerk of the Court of Session. Educated at Edinburgh High School and the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Oxford, he was admitted to the Bar in Edinburgh in 1794. His involvement in Whig politics hampered his legal career, and he tried unsuccessfully to become a writer, suppressing a long poem ("Dreaming") before publication.

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