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Charles Lamb (disambiguation)

Charles Lamb (London, 10 February 1775 – Edmonton, 27 December 1834) was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced with his sister, Mary Lamb (1764–1847). Lamb has been referred to by E.V. Lucas, his principal biographer, as the most lovable figure in English literature, and his influence on the English essay form surely cannot be overestimated.

Lamb was honored by The Latymer School, a grammar school in Edmonton, a suburb of London where he lived for a time; it has six houses, one of which, "Lamb", is named after Charles.

Quotations

  • "Lawyers, I suppose, were children once." — features in the preface of To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • "Man is a gaming animal. He must always be trying to get the better in something or other." — features in the Essays of Elia, 1823.

Selected works

  • Blank Verse, poetry, 1798
  • A Tale of Rosamund Gray, and old blind Margaret, 1798
  • John Woodvil, poetic drama, 1802
  • Tales from Shakespeare, 1807
  • The Adventures of Ulysses, 1808
  • Specimens of English Dramatic poets who lived about the time of Shakespeare, 1808
  • On the Tragedies of Shakespeare, 1811
  • Witches and Other Night Fears, 1821
  • The Pawnbroker's Daughter, 1825
  • Essays of Elia, J.M. Dent & Co. 1900
  • The Last Essays of Elia, J.M. Dent & Co. 1900




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