A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb

Author(s): Sarah Burton


Charles and Mary Lamb, brother and sister, lived at the heart of the Romantic movement and counted among their friends Wordsworth, Coleridge, Hazlitt and Shelley. Charles was one of England?s finest essayists and together with Mary wrote Tales from Shakespeare, which has never been out of print.

Yet tragedy haunted the pair ? Mary killed their mother during an attack of madness and was regularly confined in asylums while Charles lost himself to alcohol. Together the Lambs lived an extraordinary and fascinating double life among London?s gilded literary elite as well as in its darker corners, in cheap rented rooms and the madhouses of the East End.

Product Information

Sarah Burton's first book, Imposters: Six Kinds of Liar, was published by Penguin. She lives near Ely in Cambridgeshire.

General Fields

  • : 9780140297157
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : Penguin Books, Limited
  • : October 2004
  • : 199mm X 137mm X 29mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : very good
  • : 464
  • : Sarah Burton
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition