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By Gerald Monsman

ISBN-10: 0822305968

ISBN-13: 9780822305965

More than Charles Lamb himself may possibly ever be aware of, the construction of Elia as his own inventive voice was once his approach to undergo the stories of September 22, 1796, an afternoon of primal horror whilst his sister Mary in a healthy of madness killed their mom and destroyed the Lamb family members. through the remainder of his existence Lamb was once confronted with these thoughts , with deep-seated own and occupation disillusionments. but via Elia he faced his internal self to forge the essays which may be thought of one of the such a lot excellent and inimitable works in English letters.

Gerald Monsman during this examine abandons the widely used chronological method of Lamb's lifestyles in prefer of a extra incisive, open-ended dialogue of the Elia essays. via an in depth textual exam of Lamb's language, he relates the essayist's use of image and autobiographical issues. Monsman contends and demonstrates that "as sharply and as pertinently as any inventive voice, Elia, the main celebrated character within the 19th century, focuses the issues inherent within the glossy literary imagination." Elia's "textual id is a functionality of the author's real existence, of losses and imperfections artistically applied and harmonized, hired opposed to themselves to supply the rehabilitating symbol."

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