Mary Lamb Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Balle, Mary B. “Mary Lamb: Her Mental Health Issues.” Charles Lamb Bulletin 93 (January 1996): 2-11.

Provides the reader with an examination of Mary Lamb's psychological problems.

Clarke, Mary Cowden. “Recollections of Mary Lamb: By One Who Knew Her.” National Magazine 18 (April 1858): 360-65.

Relates some contemporary comments on Mary Lamb's life.


Aaron, Jane. “A Modern Electra: Matricide and the Writings of Mary and Charles Lamb.” In Reviewing Romanticism, edited by Philip W. Martin and Robin Jarvis, pp. 1-13. London: Macmillan, 1992.

Argues that the manner in which the Lambs' mother died influenced her children's writings throughout the rest of their careers.

Bottoms, Janet. “Every One Her Own Heroine: Conflicting Narrative Structures in Mrs. Leicester's School.Women's Writing 7, no. 1 (2000): 39-53.

Maintains that Mrs. Leicester's School is a prime example of Lamb's innovative style and is an important work in the historical development of children's literature.

Courtney, Winifred F. “Mrs. Leicester's School as Children's Literature.” Charles Lamb Bulletin 47-48, (July-Oct 1984): 164-69.

Discusses Mrs. Leicester's School in relation to its young readership.

Misenheimer, Carolyn. “The Pleasures of Early Enlightenment: The Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare.Charles Lamb Bulletin 67, (July 1989): 69-82.

Considers the way in which Shakespeare has been made available to children through the Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare.

Wedd, Mary. “Mary Lamb.” Charles Lamb Bulletin 102 (April 1998): 42-54.

Analyzes some of the gender issues that appear in the works of Mary Lamb, paying special attention to “On Needle-Work.”

Wolfson, Susan. “Explaining to Her Sisters: Mary Lamb's Tales from Shakespear.” In Women's Re-Visions of Shakespeare, edited by Marianne Novy, pp. 16-40. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1990.

Examines the Lambs' Tales within the context of the refashioning of the Shakespearean dramas by female writers.

Additional coverage of Lamb's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 163; Something About the Author, Vol. 17.