The Works Of Charles Lamb Essays Of Elia Author

Charles Lamb, (born Feb. 10, 1775, London, Eng.—died Dec. 27, 1834, Edmonton, Middlesex), English essayist and critic, best known for his Essays of Elia (1823–33).

Lamb went to school at Christ’s Hospital, where he studied until 1789. He was a near contemporary there of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and of Leigh Hunt. In 1792 Lamb found employment as a clerk at East India House (the headquarters of the East India Company), remaining there until retirement in 1825. In 1796 Lamb’s sister, Mary, in a fit of madness (which was to prove recurrent) killed their mother. Lamb reacted with courage and loyalty, taking on himself the burden of looking after Mary.

Lamb’s first appearances in print were as a poet, with contributions to collections by Coleridge (1796) and by Charles Lloyd (1798). A Tale of Rosamund Gray, a prose romance, appeared in 1798, and in 1802 he published John Woodvil, a poetic tragedy. “The Old Familiar Faces” (1789) remains his best-known poem, although “On an Infant Dying As Soon As It Was Born” (1828) is his finest poetic achievement.

In 1807 Lamb and his sister published Tales from Shakespear, a retelling of the plays for children, and in 1809 they published Mrs. Leicester’s School, a collection of stories supposedly told by pupils of a school in Hertfordshire. In 1808 Charles published a children’s version of the Odyssey, called The Adventures of Ulysses.

In 1808 Lamb also published Specimens of English Dramatic Poets Who Lived About the Time of Shakespear, a selection of scenes from Elizabethan dramas; it had a considerable influence on the style of 19th-century English verse. Lamb also contributed critical papers on Shakespeare and on William Hogarth to Hunt’s Reflector. Lamb’s criticism often appears in the form of marginalia, reactions, and responses: brief comments, delicately phrased, but hardly ever argued through.

Lamb’s greatest achievements were his remarkable letters and the essays that he wrote under the pseudonym Elia for London Magazine, which was founded in 1820. His style is highly personal and mannered, its function being to “create” and delineate the persona of Elia, and the writing, though sometimes simple, is never plain. The essays conjure up, with humour and sometimes with pathos, old acquaintances; they also recall scenes from childhood and from later life, and they indulge the author’s sense of playfulness and fancy. Beneath their whimsical surface, Lamb’s essays are as much an expression of the Romantic movement as the verse of Coleridge and William Wordsworth. Elia’s love of urban and suburban subject matter, however, points ahead, toward the work of Charles Dickens. The essay “On the Artificial Comedy of the Last Century” (1822) both helped to revive interest in Restoration comedy and anticipated the assumptions of the Aesthetic movement of the late 19th century. Lamb’s first Elia essays were published separately in 1823; a second series appeared, as The Last Essays of Elia, in 1833.


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Charles Lamb Is the author of books such as A Christmas Letter

Charles Lamb books

  • A Christmas Letter
  • A Complete Elia
  • A Descriptive Catalogue Of the Library Of Charles Lamb
  • A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig
  • A Masque Of Days, From the Last Essays Of Elia
  • A Tale Of Rosamund Gray and Old Blind Margaret
  • A Tale Of Rosamund Gray and Old Blind Margaret By Charles Lamb
  • Album Verses
  • Album Verses With a Few Others
  • Beauty and The Beast
  • Bon-Mots Of Charles Lamb and Douglas Jerrold
  • Charles Lamb
  • Charles Lamb's Essays
  • Charles Lamb's Works
  • Complete Works and Letters Of Charles Lamb
  • Complete Works In Prose and Verse Of Charles Lamb, The
  • Detached Thoughts On Books and Reading
  • Dream Children - Pamphlet
  • Dream Children and Other Essays
  • Elia
  • Elia and The Last Essays Of Elia
  • Elia First Series
  • Eliana
  • Essays
  • Essays and Sketches
  • Essays From Elia
  • Essays Of Elia and Eliana V1
  • Essays Of Elia and Eliana With a Memoir By Barry Cornwall
  • Essays Of Elia and Other Pieces
  • Essays Of Elia, First Series
  • Essentials Of Marketing
  • Everybody's Lamb
  • Great Stories From Shakespeare
  • Illustrated Tales From Shakespeare
  • Lamb's Tales From Shakespeare
  • Lamb's Tales From Shakespeare, With the Story Of Shakespeare's Life By Ea Parry
  • Lamb's Tales From Shakspeare - Designed For the Use Of Young People
  • Last Essays Of Elia
  • Letters Of Charles Lamb V1
  • Letters Of Charles Lamb V2
  • Letters, With a Sketch Of His Life By Thomas Noon Talfourd
  • Life and Works Of Charles Lamb
  • Life, Letters, and Writings
  • Life, Letters, and Writings Edited With Notes and Illus
  • Literary Sketches and Letters
  • Marketing
  • Miscellaneous Essays
  • Miscellaneous Sketches the Adventures Of Ulysses Miscellanies
  • Mrs Leicester's School
  • Mrs Leicester's School and Other Writings In Prose and Verse
  • Mrs Leicester's School Etc
  • New Year's Eve
  • Old China
  • Poems and Essays
  • Poems and Essays Of Charles Lamb
  • Poems, Plays and Miscellaneous Essays
  • Poems, Plays and Miscellaneous Essays Of Charles Lamb
  • Poems, Plays and Rosamund Gray
  • Poetry For Children
  • Prince Dorus
  • Prose Poetry
  • Rejoicings Upon the New Year's Coming Of Age
  • Rosamund Gray
  • Rosamund Gray, Essays and Letters
  • Satan In Search Of a Wife
  • Select Essays Of Elia
  • Selected Essays Of Charles Lamb
  • Some Essays Of Elia
  • Specimens Of English Dramatic Poets
  • Specimens Of English Dramatic Poets Who Lived About the Time Of Shakespeare
  • Specimens Of English Dramatic Poets Who Lived About the Time Of Shakespeare, With the Extracts From the Garrick Plays With Notes
  • Specimens Of English Dramatic Poets Who Lived About the Time Of Shakspeare
  • Specimens Of English Dramatic Poets, Who Lived About the Time Of Shakespeare With Notes
  • Specimens Of English Dramatic Poets, Who Lived About the Time Of Shakespeare With Notes Volume 1
  • Tales From Shakespear
  • Tales From Shakespear, By C
  • Tales From Shakespear, Volume I
  • Tales From Shakespeare
  • Tales From Shakespeare's Comedies
  • Tales From Shakespeare, By C M Lamb
  • Tales From Shakespeare, By C and M Lamb, Ed For the Use Of Schools
  • Tales From Shakespeare, Designed For the Use Of Young People
  • Tales From Shakspeare
  • Tales From Shakspeare, By C
  • Tales From Shakspeare, By C and M Lamb
  • Tales From Shakspere
  • Tales From Shakspere For the Use Of Young Persons
  • Tales Of Shakespeare
  • The Adventures Of Ulysses
  • The Art Of the Stage
  • The Art Of the Stage As Set Out In Lamb's Dramatic Essays
  • The Best Letters Of Charles Lamb
  • The Complete Correspondence and Works Of Charles Lamb
  • The Complete Works Of Charles Lamb
  • The Dramatic Essays Of Charles Lamb
  • The Essays Of Charles Lamb
  • The Essays Of Elia
  • The Essays Of Elia and Eliana
  • The Essays Of Elia and Last Essays Of Elia
  • The Essays Of Elia and The Last Essays Of Elia
  • The Essays Of Elia By Charles Lamb
  • The Essays Of Elia With Introd By Ernest Rhys
  • The Essays Of Elia, a Selection By W Archer
  • The Final Memorials Of Charles Lamb
  • The Last Essays Of Ella
  • The Letters Of Charles and Mary Lamb
  • The Letters Of Charles Lamb
  • The Letters Of Charles Lamb In Which Many Mutilated Words and Passages Have Been Restored To Their Original Form
  • The Letters Of Charles Lamb, Volume 1
  • The Letters Of Charles Lamb, With a Sketch Of His Life
  • The Letters Of Charles Lamb, With a Sketch Of His Life, By Tn Talfourd
  • The Life and Works Of Charles Lamb Volume 10
  • The Life and Works Of Charles Lamb Volume 8
  • The Life and Works Of Charles Lamb With Introduction and Notes By a Ainger
  • The Life Letters and Writings Of Charles Lamb V2
  • The Life Letters and Writings Of Charles Lamb V5
  • The Life Letters and Writings Of Charles Lamb V6
  • The Life, Letters and Writings Of Charles Lamb, Volume 3
  • The Life, Letters, and Writings Of Charles Lamb
  • The Life, Letters, and Writings Of Charles Lamb, In Six Volumes
  • The Life, Letters, and Writings Of Charles Lamb, Volume 5
  • The Oxford and Cambridge Edition Of Tales From Shakespeare, By C and M Lamb
  • The Poetical Works Of Charles Lamb
  • The Portable Charles Lamb
  • The Praise Of Chimney-Sweepers
  • The Prose Works Of Charles Lamb
  • The Prose Works Of Charles Lamb, Volume IIi
  • The Theatre Of Howard Barker
  • The Wine Cellar
  • The Wit and Wisdom Of Charles Lamb
  • The Works Of Charles and Mary Lamb - Volume 2
  • The Works Of Charles and Mary Lamb Volume 2
  • The Works Of Charles and Mary Lamb Volume 6
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb a New Edition
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb Part One
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb V1
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb Volume 4
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb Volume IV
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb, Ed By W Macdonald
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb, Volume 1
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb, Volume 2
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb, Volume 3
  • The Works Of Charles Lamb, Volume 5
  • The Works Of Charles Lamp
  • To War In a Stringbag
  • War In a String Bag
  • Works
  • Works Of Charles Lamb V2
  • Works Poetical and Dramatic Tales, Essays and Criticisms
  • Works, With a Sketch Of His Life and Final Memorials

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