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Charles Lamb (1) (1775–1834)

Author of Tales from Shakespeare

For other authors named Charles Lamb, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Charles Lamb was born in London, England in 1775. He was educated at the well-known Christ's Hospital school, which he attended from age eight to 15. It was there that he met Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who became a lifelong friend; the friendship was to have a significant influence on the literary show more careers of both men. Lamb did not continue his education at the university, probably because of a nervous condition that resulted in a severe stammer. Instead, he went to work as a clerk, eventually becoming an accounting clerk with the East India Company, where he worked for most of his adult life. However, he continued to pursue his literary interests as well and became well-known as a writer. His best work is considered to be his essays, originally published under the pen name Elia, but Lamb also wrote poetry, plays, and stories for children under his own name. In 1796, Lamb's sister, Mary Ann, went mad and attacked her parents with a knife, killing her mother and wounding her father. She was placed in an institution for a time, but was eventually released into her brother's guardianship. This incident, and later periods when she was institutionalized again, had a great effect on Lamb, who had always been very close to his sister. Charles and Mary Ann Lamb collaborated on several books, including Poetry for Children, Mrs. Leicester's School, and Beauty and the Beast. Probably their best-known collaboration, however, was Tales from Shakespeare, a series of summaries of the plots from 20 Shakespearean plays, which was published in 1807. Charles Lamb died in 1834. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Charles Lamb

Tales from Shakespeare (1807) 5,610 copies
The Essays of Elia (1823) 471 copies
Ten Tales from Shakespeare (1969) 98 copies
The Portable Charles Lamb (1949) 86 copies
The Last Essays of Elia (1929) 81 copies
Essays (1963) 63 copies
The Adventures of Ulysses (1808) 59 copies
The works of Charles Lamb (1932) 37 copies
Beauty and the Beast (1811) 27 copies
Shakespeare: Three Stories (1989) 26 copies
Charles Lamb and Elia (1948) 25 copies
The Letters of Charles Lamb (1935) 23 copies
Mrs. Leicester's School (1809) 21 copies
Dream Children: A Reverie (1900) 14 copies
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1972) 11 copies
Romeo and Juliet (1971) 9 copies
Poems and Essays (1880) 9 copies
The letters of Charles and Mary Anne Lamb (1975) — Author — 8 copies
The best of Lamb (1914) 8 copies
Select Essays of Elia (1909) 8 copies
Poetry for children (1977) 7 copies
An Evening with Lamb (1907) 7 copies
Lamb and Shakespeare (1920) 5 copies
Essays, Letters, Poems (1953) 5 copies
Prince Dorus 4 copies
Othello (1999) 3 copies
Lamb's Last Essays (1929) 3 copies
Rosamund Gray (1994) 3 copies
Saggi di Elia 3 copies
Prose & poetry 2 copies
The Wine Cellar (2006) 1 copy
sus4 1 copy
Lamb 1 copy
Macbeth (1995) 1 copy
Works (1932) 1 copy
Lamb's Works 1 copy

Associated Works

The Art of the Personal Essay (1994) — Contributor — 1,373 copies
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (1961) — Contributor — 523 copies
English Poetry, Volume II: From Collins to Fitzgerald (1910) — Contributor — 508 copies
English Essays: From Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay (1909) — Contributor — 480 copies
A Book of English Essays (1942) — Contributor — 242 copies
Coleridge's Poetry and Prose [Norton Critical Edition] (2003) — Contributor — 198 copies
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contributor — 116 copies
Selected Stories from the 19th Century (2000) — Contributor — 73 copies
The Romantics on Shakespeare (1992) — Contributor — 37 copies
The Genius of the Later English Theater (1962) — Contributor — 36 copies
Selected English Short Stories (First Series) (1914) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Great Book of Humour (1935) — Contributor — 22 copies
Selected English short stories XIX & XX centuries (1914) — Contributor — 11 copies
Englische Essays aus drei Jahrhunderten (1980) — Contributor — 10 copies
Ferdinand Freiligraths Werke - Neue Pracht-Ausgabe (1900) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Just to be clear, I’m not rating Shakespeare’s plays a three star. I thoroughly enjoy most of his plays. What bothered me with this book was that it was intended to be for children, and I feel like the language is still quite complicated for children. So as a children’s book, I don’t think this succeeded, but it is a great way for adults to get an idea of what Shakespeare’s plays are about without having to actually read Shakespeare’s plays.
 
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jbrownleo | 39 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |
What an interesting mind this man had. I enjoyed all the essays in this collection, the later ones best. Mr. Ridgeway's Introduction and Commentaries were very good, especially the commentary on "Charles Lamb as a Writer". I agreed with his observations and thoughts; I believe I would have liked Charles Lamb alot.
 
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gmillar | 15 other reviews | Dec 29, 2023 |
A classic of Romantic literature little appreciated today
 
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CharlesBoer | 15 other reviews | May 2, 2023 |
Outstanding illustrations.
 
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