Charles Lamb Also wrote under the pseudonym Elia English essayist, critic, poet, dramatist, and novelist.
If I could only bring one century of writing with me to a desert island, I would choose the nineteenth without hesitation. Not only for the literature but for the essays: They immersed themselves in all sorts of activities, writing being only one their passions, and arguing — discussion and disputation — being the foremost.
They ranged from deeply pessimistic Thomas Carlyle to profoundly positive Ralph Waldo Emersonand they wrote about everything from law and society Oliver Wendell Holmes to travels abroad and at home Washington Irvingto art and politics John Ruskin to self-knowledge and civil responsibility Henry David Thoreau.
They wrote about everything and anything, and they wrote well, with passion and with discipline, and with complexity of argument, acuity of observation, and deliverance of truth.
In his absolutely marvelous essays, Lamb writes about life in all its humble and daily, as well as unique and grandiloquent, occasions. No matter that he wrote from two centuries past: Lamb was right-on his criticisms, the painting is histrionic, and I would love to read what Lamb would write about the lacerations of Pollock or the cubes of Picasso or the shark of Damien Hirst.
Do the rabble come there…. It is all you can do to drive them into your churches; they do not voluntarily offer themselves. If they had, they would no longer be rabble. The inventor did not believe it himself…. It is a vile cold-scrag-of-mutton sophism; a lie palmed upon the palate, which knows better things.
He understood money and what its true worth was, as he understood so many things in life. He was able to articulate in his essays all that he observed and thought about, to lay aside the mundane and accepted ideals and to instead develop and present original, exciting, and enlivening ways of thinking about the ordinary happenings and the exceptional, the minor occurrences and the major ones.Dream Children a reverie Introduction The essay is one of the ‘Essays of Elia’.
The essay expresses the feelings of loss and regret faced by the narrator. Charles Lamb (10 February – 27 December ) was an English essayist, poet, and antiquarian, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, co-authored with his sister, Mary Lamb (–).Known for: Essays of Elia, Tales from Shakespeare.
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The 19th century was a great century for writers. If I could only bring one century of writing with me to a desert island, I would choose the nineteenth without hesitation. Yesterday I read a collection of Charles Lamb’s essays, entitled Last Essays of Elia.
CHARLES LAMB AS A PERSONAL ESSAYIST Charles Lamb has been acclaimed by common consent as the Prince among English essayist.
He occupies a unique position in the history of English essay. Charles Lamb achieved lasting fame as a writer during the years , when he captivated the discerning English reading public with his personal essays in the London Magazine, collected as Essays of Elia () and The Last Essays of Elia ().
A humble clerk with the East India Company for much of his life, Charles Lamb () came into his own writing essays "under the phantom cloud of Elia".
This assumed name, borrowed from.