Daily Archives: December 27, 2010

Charles Lamb


Chapter 1 of Rosamund Grey

On this date in 1834 Charles Lamb died (born 1775).

From The Well-Tempered Critic:

A critic may have precise and candid taste and yet be largely innocent of theory.  Charles Lamb was such a critic, and one feels even that his lack of theory was an advantage to him.  Coleridge, on the contrary, was one of the greatest critical theorists, and yet had much less of Lamb’s ability to respond directly to poetry without being confused by moral, religious, and political anxieties. (CW 21, 381)