Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb

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Written by clergyman Alfred Ainger (1837-1904), this 1882 biography of writer Charles Lamb (1775-1834) is the twenty-first book in the first series of 'English Men of Letters'. Charles Lamb began publishing his poetry in the late 1790s. Both he and his sister Mary (1764-1847), who had been released into Charles' care after killing their mother in a fit of insanity in 1796, began writing for children with the encouragement of William Godwin, their works including the Tales from Shakespeare (1807) for which they are best known. Lamb was also widely regarded for his skill as an essayist, and particularly for his Essays of Elia. Ainger devoted much of his career to Lamb's life and writings, including a six-volume edited collection of Lamb's work. His biography focuses on Lamb's literary output and his place as a critic as well as the events of the writer's more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139083848
  • 9781139083843

Table of contents

Prefatory note; 1. Boyhood - the Temple and Christ's Hospital. 1775-89; 2. Family struggles and sorrows. 1789-96; 3. First experiments in literature. 1796-1800; 4. Dramatic authorship and dramatic criticism. 1800-9; 5. Inner Temple Lane - personal characteristics. 1809-17; 6. Russell Street, Covent Garden - the Essays of Elia; 7. Colebrook Row, Islington - the controversy with Southey, and retirement from the India House; 8. Enfield and Edmonton; 9. Lamb's place as a more