Essays of Elia

Essays of Elia

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Charles Lamb, one of the most engaging personal essayists of all time, began publishing his Elia essays in the ""London Magazine"" in 1820; they were so immediately popular that a book-length collection was published in 1823. Inventing the persona of ""Elia"" allowed Lamb to be shockingly honest and to gain a playful distance for self-examination. The resulting essays touched upon a wide range of compelling subjects from the humorous ""Dissertation upon Roast Pig"" to the poignantly reflective ""New Year's Eve"". Yet collectively, they also comprise a fascinating personal memoir, veiled under the pseudonymous disguise of Elia. This edition of the text features a foreword by Phillip Lopate and contains useful annotation throughout.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 162.05 x 189.99 x 32mm | 435.45g
  • Iowa, United States
  • English
  • 0877458510
  • 9780877458517
  • 572,125

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''...one of the classics of English prose and a cornerstone of the personal essay tradition. All personal essayists worth their salt owe a huge debt to this generous and generative collection...; all apprentice essayists who would strive to make headway in the form will need to read it... Essays of Elia is not only an essential text, but a near-buried treasure, and all-but-lost masterpiece in our contemporary culture.'' ." . . one of the classics of English prose and a cornerstone of the personal essay tradition. All personal essayists worth their salt owe a huge debt to this generous and generative collection. . .; all apprentice essayists who would strive to make headway in the form will need to read it. . . . Essays of Elia is not only an essential text, but a near-buried treasure, an all-but-lost masterpiece in our contemporary culture." -- Phillip Lopate . . . one of the classics of English prose and a cornerstone of the personal essay tradition. All personal essayists worth their salt owe a huge debt to this generous and generative collection. . .; all apprentice essayists who would strive to make headway in the form will need to read it. . . . "Essays of Elia" is not only an essential text, but a near-buried treasure, an all-but-lost masterpiece in our contemporary culture. Phillip Lopate" ." . . one of the classics of English prose and a cornerstone of the personal essay tradition. All personal essayists worth their salt owe a huge debt to this generous and generative collection. . .; all apprentice essayists who would strive to make headway in the form will need to read it. . . . "Essays of Elia" is not only an essential text, but a near-buried treasure, an all-but-lost masterpiece in our contemporary culture." -- Phillip Lopate ". . . one of the classics of English prose and a cornerstone of the personal essay tradition. All personal essayists worth their salt owe a huge debt to this generous and generative collection. . .; all apprentice essayists who would strive to make headway in the form will need to read it. . . . "Essays of Elia" is not only an essential text, but a near-buried treasure, an all-but-lost masterpiece in our contemporary culture." - Phillip Lopate
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About Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) worked as a clerk for the East India Company his entire life; literary fame came to him relatively late, after attempts in the fields of drama and poetry. He is also known for Tales from Shakespeare, adaptations for children written in collaboration with his sister, Mary, and Specimens of English Dramatic Poets Contemporary with Shakespeare.
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