Works, with a Sketch of His Life and Final Memorials, Volumen1
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009 - 338 páginas
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV. [1798.] Lamb's Literary Efforts and Correspondence with Southey. In the year 1798, the blank verse of Lloyd and Lamb, which had been contained in the volume published in conjunction with Coleridge, was, with some additions by Lloyd, published in a thin duodecimo, price 2s. 6d., under the title of Blank Verse, by Charles Lloyd and Charles Lamb. This unpretending book was honoured by a brief and scornful notice in the catalogue of The Monthly Review, in the small print of which the works of the poets who are now recognised as the greatest ornaments of their age, and who have impressed it most deeply by their genius, were usually named to be dismissed with a sneer. After a contemptuous notice of The Mournful Muse of Lloyd, Lamb receives his quietus in a line: ? Mr. Lamb, the joint author of this little volume, seems to be very properly associated with his plaintive companion. In this year Lamb composed his prose tale, Rosamund Gray, and published it in a volume of the same size and price with the last, under the title of A Tale of Rosamund Gray and Old Blind Margaret, which, having a semblance of story, sold much better than his poems, and added a few pounds to his slender income. This miniature romance is unique in English literature. It bears the impress of a recent perusal of The Man of Feeling and Julia de Roubigne; and while on the one hand it wants the graphic force and delicate touches of Mackenzie, it is informed with deeper feeling, and breathes a diviner morality than the most charming of his tales. Lamb never possessed the faculty of constructing a plot either for drama or novel; and while he luxuriated in the humour of Smollett, the wit of Fielding, or the solemn pathos of Richardson, he was not amused, but perplexed, by the at...
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