Mad Mary Lamb

Mad Mary Lamb

Lunacy and Murder in Literary London

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses how the subject, incarcerated within madhouses after killing her mother, became the confidante of such Romantics as Coleridge and Wordsworth and accessed literature in a way that would have been normally impossible for a woman of her class and time, describing how she and essayist brother Charles Lamb collaborated on Tales from Shakespeare. 15,000 first printing.

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In Hitchcock's retelling, the sensational story of Mary Lamb, who murdered her mother with a carving knife, becomes a study of 19th-century literary London, mental illness and literary redemption. Hitchcock also recovers from obscurity Mary's work and life, which were both, in different ways, collaborations with her brother, the essayist Charles Lamb. The text includes illustrations of contemporary London and photographs of the prominent writers who formed the Lambs' circle of friends. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Traces the life and social circle of Charles Lamb's sister, Mary, who, suffering from periodic episodes of mental illness, murdered her mother and later collaborated with her brother on the famous "Tales from Shakespeare."

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2005
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393057416
Branch Call Number: BIO Lamb HIT
Characteristics: 333 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., ports. ;,22 cm.


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