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 Lambto 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.
What a fascinating read! It's a long book but Burton's writing kept me engaged from start to end. Bought for a holiday read on the ipad and to improve my knowledge of two eccentric characters. I'm now full of interesting anecdotes on the Lambs. I'd recommend this book in a shot!