John Keats

1795 (London) – 1821 (Rome)

Hazlitt was Keats’ most admired acquaintance; they met through Leigh Hunt, who first published his work, always kept a bed made up for him in his library, and also introduced him to Wordsworth, Lamb, Shelley and Haydon. Keats asked Haydon to be remembered to Bewick and Hazlitt. However Haydon failed to repay a loan, and they fell out. Coleridge and Keats met only once, walking for an hour on Hampstead Heath, Coleridge discoursing non-stop on a thousand things. Always more reserved with Shelley than Shelley was with him, Keats turned down his invitation to Pisa, and died of tuberculosis in Rome.