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The Best Letters of Charles Lamb   By: (1775-1834)

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The Best Letters of Charles Lamb is a remarkable collection of letters written by the renowned English writer, Charles Lamb. This anthology showcases Lamb's immense talent as a letter writer, capturing his wit, humor, and profound insights into various subjects.

The letters in this book cover a wide range of topics, including personal anecdotes, literary criticism, and discussions on society and culture. Lamb's charm and unique voice are evident throughout, making each letter a delight to read. His conversational style creates an intimate connection with the reader, making it feel as though we are engaged in a heartfelt conversation with a dear friend.

One of the highlights of this collection is Lamb's ability to blend humor with poignant observations about life. Through his letters, he shares his experiences with blunt honesty and self-deprecating humor, often providing a refreshing take on mundane situations. Lamb's wit shines through every page, leaving the reader chuckling at his clever wordplay and ingenious turns of phrase.

Moreover, The Best Letters of Charles Lamb offers a rare glimpse into the literary circles of the 18th and 19th centuries. Lamb's correspondence with celebrated figures such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, and William Hazlitt brings the reader into the world of Romantic literature and the intellectual debates of the time. These interactions not only shed light on Lamb's relationships with his contemporaries but also offer valuable insights into the literary landscape of the era.

One aspect that might disappoint some readers is the lack of a coherent narrative or chronological order in the selection of letters. While this might be expected from a collection of letters, it can make the reading experience feel disjointed at times. However, the brilliance and sheer brilliance of Lamb's writing more than compensate for this minor drawback.

Overall, The Best Letters of Charles Lamb is a treasure trove for fans of Lamb's work, as well as anyone interested in 18th and 19th-century literature and culture. His letters provide not only glimpses into the life of a fascinating individual but also offer valuable insights into the time period as a whole. With his unparalleled wit and charm, Charles Lamb proves himself to be not only a master of the written word but also an engaging and witty correspondent. This anthology deserves a place on the bookshelf of any lover of classic literature.

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It may well be that the "Essays of Elia" will be found to have kept their perfume, and the LETTERS OF CHARLES LAMB to retain their old sweet savor, when "Sartor Resartus" has about as many readers as Bulwer's "Artificial Changeling," and nine tenths even of "Don Juan" lie darkening under the same deep dust that covers the rarely troubled pages of the "Secchia Rapita."


No assemblage of letters, parallel or kindred to that in the hands of the reader, if we consider its width of range, the fruitful period over which it stretches, and its typical character, has ever been produced.



Edited with an Introduction


A.D. 1892.



LETTER I. To Samuel Taylor Coleridge II. To Coleridge III. To Coleridge IV. To Coleridge V. To Coleridge VI. To Coleridge VII. To Coleridge VIII. To Coleridge IX. To Coleridge X. To Coleridge XI. To Coleridge XII. To Coleridge XIII. To Coleridge XIV. To Coleridge XV. To Robert Southey XVI. To Southey XVII. To Southey XVIII. To Southey XIX... Continue reading book >>

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