Edited by John Mason Brown, 'The Portable Charles Lamb,' published by Penguin Books, first published in 1948.
The Portable Charles Lamb is a 594 page paperback measuring 7" x 4 1/4". The bottom corner of the cover is clipped. Inside, the pages are tanning. Otherwise, the book is clean and the pages are unmarked. The binding is tight. The condition is good.
Among the tantalizing "ifs" of literature is what Charles Lamb might have been like as a man and writer if, in a fit of madness, his sister Mary had not slain their mother when he was only twenty-one. The "gentle Elia" the world loves was the product of ungentle and terrible events. He was the stepchild of a calamity as bloody as any to be found in the most bloodstained Elizabethan dramas of which Lamb was later to become a champion. To a tragic extent Lamb's life, hence Elia's character, was carved out for him by the case knife which poor deluded Mary drove straight and deep into their mother's heart.
Surely never in the strange annals of authorship has the world gained so much in pleasure or an innocent man lost more in freedom than in the instance of the catastrophe which resulted in Lamb's becoming the most beloved bachelor or letters literature has produced.ISBN: 0-14-015.043-9