The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Part 1, April 18 Summary

Mary Ann Shaffer

Part 1, April 18 Summary

Juliet Ashton thanks her Guernsey friend Dawsey Adams for writing about Charles Lamb in his letters to her. She has always believed that his sister Mary’s suffering is what made Lamb a great writer, even though he had to make great sacrifices because of it. His experiences with Mary gave him a “genius for sympathy” that none of his great writer friends had.

When Wordsworth scolded his friend Lamb for not caring enough about nature, Lamb wrote that he has no passion for places in nature, the groves and the valleys. What he appreciates and loves are the familiar things in his life: the room in which he was born, the furniture which he has seen all his life, a bookshelf full of old friends which have followed him...

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