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Charles Lamb- Brief Bio

Updated: Jun 17, 2023

Author introduction:

Charles Lamb was born in London as the youngest child of Elizabeth Field and John Lamb in 1775. He suffered from smallpox during his childhood. Known primarily as an essayist and critic, was celebrated for his charming and personal essays, often written under the pseudonym "Elia." Lamb's writing style was characterized by its wit, humour, and elegant prose. In his famous work, 'Dream Children', he tried to bring his childhood back in the form of writing.

Lamb first published four sonnets in Coleridge's poem on various subjects, which was published in 1796 by Joseph Cottle. He was an English essayist, poet, and antiquarian. He had developed a friendship with literary luminaries such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. He published many books in his lifetime and died on 27 December 1834 in Edmonton.

Lamb's early life was marked by tragedy when his sister Mary, with whom he shared a close

bond, suffered from a mental breakdown and killed their mother in 1796. To protect her, Lamb took responsibility for the act, a decision that had a profound impact on his life and relationship with his sister.

Lamb's literary career began with the publication of his poem "Blank Verse" in 1798. However, he found greater success and recognition through his essays, which first appeared in periodicals such as "The Reflector" and later in his collection "Essays of Elia" (1823). These essays covered a wide range of topics, from personal experiences and observations to literary criticism and reflections on life.

Lamb's writing style was praised for its warmth, personal touch, and ability to blend humour with profound insights. He had a deep love for English literature and showcased his extensive knowledge through his critical essays. His works often delved into the complexities of human

emotions, joys, and sorrows of life, within the beauty found in everyday experiences.

Aside from his essays, Lamb also tried his hand at playwriting. His most notable work in this genre is the play "Mr. H," co-authored with his friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Charles Lamb's contributions to literature have earned him a revered place in English literary history. He passed away on December 27, 1834, leaving behind a rich legacy of essays and writings that continue to be celebrated for their charm, wit, and enduring appeal.


Citation:

Lamb, Charles. "Lamb's essays; a biographical study". 1891: Boston. D. Lathrop company.

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