The Letters of Charles Lamb (2 Volumes) (Everyman's Library, #342 & #343), by Charles Lamb, with an introduction by Guy Pocock
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Charles Lamb (1775 – 1834) was an English essayist, poet, and antiquarian who was right at the centre of the literary world in England in the Romantic era.
These two volumes contain letters addressed to, among others, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and Thomas Hood, all of whom were close friends.
More than 1,150 of Lamb's letters survive, covering a period of nearly 40 years, beginning in May 1796 and ending only a few days before his death in December 1834.
They throw valuable light on the English Romantics and on the evolution of Lamb's writing style. They are also enjoyable to read in their own right, demonstrating the same gentle humour and kindliness that comes through in his essays.
E.V. Lucas (1868 – 1938), who wrote for Punch magazine, praised Lamb’s letters for “their good sense, their wit, their humanity, their fun, their timeliness and timelessness”.
The Letters of Charles Lamb, volume one and two, were part of the Everyman’s Library.
Published by J.M. Dent, London in 1945.
Good condition. Both dust jackets are torn on spine.