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    A Double Life: A Biography Of Charles & Mary Lamb

    By: Sarah Burton

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    ISBN
    9780140297157
    Date Released
    Binding
    Paperback
    Pages
    464
     

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    Description
    The little known story of the inseparable brother and sister, lights of the Romantic circle, privately haunted by madness.
    Wordsworth thought that if there were such a thing as a good man, it would be Charles Lamb, while Hazlitt believed Mary Lamb to be the only sensible woman he knew. The couple's literary reputation rested partly on the famous 'Tales From Shakespeare'. And yet there was an unhappier side: Charles was an alcoholic and Mary, in an attack of insanity, stabbed their mother to death.

    This fascinating account reaches to the heart of early nineteenth century London, meeting its eccentrics and its literary giants. It also visits the city's darker corners, where poverty stalks rented rooms and madhouses conceal terrible abuse.

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