A 19th-century English author and poet, he is best known for "Whims and Oddities" and other humorous works. His most famous poems include "No!" and "I Remember, I Remember."
He was the son of a London bookseller. In the early 1820s, he began editing the London Magazine.
He was infamous for playing practical jokes on his friends and family.
He was married to Jane Reynolds Hood. The couple had a son named Tom who became an editor and dramatist.
He was a contemporary of fellow author, Charles Lamb, whom he met while serving as editor of the London Magazine.