Aaron, Jane. A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991. A feminist reading. Aaron maintains that Charles Lamb’s writings “encode his resistance to the cult of manliness prevalent during his period.” The last chapter looks specifically at the Elia essays, but discussions of individual pieces are scattered throughout the book.
Barnett, George L. Charles Lamb. Boston: Twayne, 1976. A critical biography that devotes a long chapter to the Elia essays. Barnett argues that Lamb’s essays resemble Romantic poetry in their emphasis on the dream state and the past. Also discusses Lamb’s style and maintains that it is not an imitation of seventeenth century writing.
_______. Charles Lamb: The Evolution of Elia. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1964. Analyzes the development of Lamb’s writing, especially that seen in his essays, and places him in the tradition of the familiar essay. Pays particular attention to the relationship between Lamb’s private letters and his published work.
Burton, Sarah. A Double Life: A Biography of Charles and Mary Lamb. New York: Penguin Putnam, 2003. A dual biography of Charles Lamb and his sister Mary, focusing on their close bonds. The siblings were drawn...
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