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William Lamb


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unknown : [a Greek play]

'He [William Lamb] grew so out of spirits that he quite cried--as women do & has just recovered his spirites--however they are returned as usual for he is reading a Greek play out loud & making such noise I scarcely know what I am writing'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Lamb      


Lady Caroline Lamb : Ada Reis

'I must tell you an act of kindness of William Lamb--he has been looking over and correcting Ada Reis for me'.

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Lamb      Manuscript: Unknown, William Lamb would have read either fair copies or proofs from the printer.


 : poetry

Lady Harriet Cavendish to her sister, Lady Georgiana Morpeth (c. August 1802): 'Mama, my aunt, Corisande and Caro Ponsonby have been spending 2 or 3 days at Brocket Hall [The Melbournes' country house] [...] 'There was an extraordinary flirtation between William Lamb and Caro. Ponsonby, and they seem, I hear, mutually captivated. When the rest were at games, etc., William was in a corner, reading and explaining Poetry to Car., and in the morning, reading tales of wonder together on the [italics]tithertother[end italics].'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Lamb      Print: Book


Walter Scott : Tales of My Landlord

John Murray to Walter Scott, on reception of Tales of My Landlord, 14 December 1816: 'Lord Holland said, when I asked his opinion: "Opinion? we did not one of us go to bed all night, and nothing slept but my gout." Frere, Hallam, and Boswell; Lord Glenbervie came to me with tears in his eyes. "It is a cordial," he said, "which has saved Lady Glenbervie's life." Heber, who found it on his table on his arrival from a journey, had not rest till he had read it. He has only this moment left me, and he, with many others, agrees that it surpasses all the other novels. Wm. Lamb also; Gifford never read anything like it, he says; and his estimation of it absolutely increases at each recollection of it. Barrow with great difficulty was forced to read it; and he said yesterday, "Very good to be sure, but what powerful writing is [italics]thrown away[end italics]."' '

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: William Lamb      Print: Book


Lady Caroline Lamb : Ada Reis

William Lamb to John Murray, 20 December 1822: 'The incongruity of, and objections to, the story of "Ada Reis" can only be got over by power of writing, beauty of sentiment, striking and effective situation, &c. [...] Mr. [William] Gifford [Murray's reader], I dare say, will agree with me that since the time of Lucian all the representations of the infernal regions, which have been attempted by satirical writers, such as Fielding's "Journey from this World to the Next," have been feeble and flat. The sketch in "Ada Reis" is commonplace in its observations and altogether insufficient [...] I think, if it were thought that anything could be done with the novel, and that the faults of its design and structure can be got over, that I could put her [i.e Lady Caroline Lamb] in the way of writing up this part a little, and giving it something of strength, spirit, and novelty, and making it at once more moral and more interesting. I wish you would communicate these my hasty suggestions to Mr. Gifford, and he will see the propriety of pressing Lady Caroline to take a little more time to this part of the novel. She will be guided by his authority, and her fault at present is to be too hasty and too impatient of the trouble of correcting and recasting what is faulty.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: The Hon. William Lamb      Manuscript: Unknown


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