Friday, July 08, 2022

A lamb in name only …

… Dream-Child: A Life of Charles Lamb by Eric G Wilson - review by Edward Weech. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Covering the gamut of Lamb’s life and literary career, Wilsonaims to demonstrate that Lamb ‘speaks to our age’, highlighting his enthusiasm for ‘the grit and speed and diversity of the urban’ and his ‘fluid, collaborative vision of identity’. Lamb’s absence from the syllabus has rendered him obscure to many readers, and while this book is based on rigorous scholarship, it does not assume extensive prior knowledge. Instead, it serves as a good introduction for non-specialists and will hopefully encourage more to seek out Lamb’s works.

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