The Charles Lamb Bulletin is a peer-reviewed twice-yearly journal devoted to the study of Charles and Mary Lamb and their circle. The Bulletin aims to promote Lamb scholarship and welcomes submissions from established academics, new entrants to the field, and those who simply admire the works of Charles and Mary Lamb.

Essays submitted to the journal should be in typescript, Book Antiqua, and between 4000 and 7000 words in length. Preferably, submissions should be sent to the Editor as an email attachment in MS Word. Essays and reviews should be double-spaced throughout and should follow MHRA style, with a couple of minor alterations (see examples below). Books and essays cited more than once should appear in short form e.g. Lucas, Works, VI, 106 or Marrs, Letters, II, 48. Terms such as ‘op. cit.’, ‘ibid.’, and ‘passim’ should not be used. Short quotations within the main text should be enclosed in single quotations marks; longer quotations of more than fifty words should be separated from the main text and indented 1 cm at either side. Up to two lines of quoted verse should be kept within single inverted commas, and the line division denoted with a solidus. For example: ‘From this difficulty free us, / Buffon, Banks, or sage Linnaeus.’ More than two lines of quoted poetry should be separated from the main text and indented 3 cm from the left margin.

Where possible, references to the Lambs’ work should be taken from E. V. Lucas’s 1912 standard edition, and references to the Lambs’ letters from either Lucas’s 1935 edition, or E. W. Marrs’s more recent (though incomplete) edition of 1975-8.

The Bulletin is happy to publish images where necessary, although contributors are responsible for securing permission. For quality purposes, all images provided should have a minimum of 300dpi resolution.

For a complete handbook of MHRA style see MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors, and Writers of Theses, 2nd edn (London, 2013), also available for download at


Reviews should be between 800-1,500 words in length, unless otherwise agreed. An example review heading is given below:

MARK SCHOENFIELD, British Periodicals and Romantic Identity: The ‘Literary Lower Empire’ (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). £45 hardback. 987 0 230 60947 1


Essays submitted to the Bulletin should use footnotes, rather than endnotes. Bibliographies should not be included. A brief summary of examples for footnoting is given below:


Jane Aaron, A Double Singleness: Gender and the Writings of Charles and Mary Lamb (Oxford, 1993), 34.

Chapters or Articles in Books

Anya Taylor, ‘Coleridge, Keats, Lamb, and Seventeenth-Century Drinking Songs’, in Milton, The Metaphysicals, and Romanticism, ed. Anthony John Harding and Lisa Low (Cambridge, 1994), 221-240 (237).

Articles in Journals

Jonathan Bate, ‘Elia: Restoring the London Connection’, Charles Lamb Bulletin, 62 (1988), 182-195 (191).

Multi-Volume Editions

The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, ed. E. V. Lucas, 8 vols (London, 1912), IV, 44.

The Letters of Charles and Mary Anne Lamb, ed. E. W. Marrs, 3 vols (Ithaca, NY, 1975-8), II, 104.

Online Articles

Simon Hull, ‘The Ideology of the Unspectacular: Theatricality and Charles Lamb’s Essayistic Figure’, Romanticism on the Net, 46 (2007) <> [accessed 22 May 2010] (para. 19 of 22).

Open Access Policy

The Charles Lamb Society permits authors to deposit the accepted manuscripts of their articles in institutional repositories, subject repositories or on their websites at the point of publication. Articles must give credit to the Charles Lamb Bulletin and provide a weblink to the Lamb Society website:

All accepted manuscripts are therefore eligible to be made Open Access for wider public dissemination and may be licensed under Creative Commons CC BY. More details on the license are available here:


Any queries should be addressed to the Editor, John Gardner ( or the Reviews Editor, Felicity James (