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The Best Letters of Charles Lamb

Charles Lamb

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .carce see each other but in company with some of the people of the house. I have not the letter by me, but will quote from memory what she wrote in it: "I have no bad, terrifying dreams. At midnight, when I happen to awake, the nurse sleeping by the side of me, with the noise of the poor mad people around me, I have no fear. The spirit of my mother seems to descend and smile upon me, and bid me live to enjoy the life and reason which the Almighty has given me. I shall see her again in heaven; she will then understand me better. My grandmother, too, will understand me better, and will then say no more, as she used to do, 'Polly, what are those poor crazy, moythered brains of yours thinking of always?'" Poor Mary! my mother indeed never understood her right. She loved her, as she loved us all, with a mother's love; but in opinion, in feeling and sentiment and disposition, bore so distant a resemblance to her daughter that she never understood her right,—never could believe how much. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This book made 'The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society' make more sense (very much fashioned after his letters). He had a very unique style of writing, with quirky observations and side notes. His life made his writing make more sense, so be sure to read the introduction. The letters can

For me, this book was a little too much “inside baseball” with so many references from one writer to another on fragments that were unknown to me. There were nuggets for mere mortals like myself, some of which I will cite to bring a smile:

"This dark, frieze-coated, hoarse, teeth-chattering month."