Jane Aaron (essay date September 1987)
SOURCE: Aaron, Jane. “‘On Needle-Work’: Protest and Contradiction in Mary Lamb's Essay.” Prose Studies 10, no. 2 (September 1987): 159-77.
[In the following essay, Aaron examines the political and socio-psychological elements apparent in “On Needle-Work,” arguing that despite the restraint evident in the work, it is a valuable document of social criticism.]
On 22 September 1796 Mary Lamb, in a sudden outbreak of violent mania, brought about the death of her mother. According to a contemporary newspaper account of the incident, while preparing a meal that day,
the young lady seized a case knife laying on the table, and in...
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