Charles Lamb Birthday Lecture, 'Lamb and De Quincey: Imperfect Sympathies', Prof. Rob Morrison

You are cordially invited to join us in person or online for the Charles Lamb Birthday Lecture with Prof. Rob Morrison.

Date: 10 February 2024

Time: 2.30pm

Location: Online, and at the Swedenborg Hall, Bloomsbury

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Celebrate the birthday of Charles Lamb: our Guest of Honour is Prof. Rob Morrison, who will give a lecture on 'Lamb and De Quincey: Imperfect Sympathies'. The birthday event has been celebrated since the foundation of the society in the 1930s, and we are delighted to welcome Prof. Morrison to address us on the occasion of Lamb's 249th birthday. We will meet for the lecture at 2.30pm at the Swedenborg Hall and it will be livestreamed using the Zoom link on the Eventbrite page.

Welcome to The Charles Lamb Society


Hazlitt’s portrait of Charles Lamb (1804) in The National Portrait Gallery

Charles Lamb, one of the great English essayists, was a child of London, the city that would inspire his best work. Born on Crown Office Row in 1775, he grew up in and around the Inner Temple and was educated at Christ’s Hospital in Newgate Street. He spent thirty-three years working as a clerk in the East India House on Leadenhall Street, writing poems, plays, and essays in his precious spare time. Renowned for his warm sense of humour and legendary social gatherings, he lived at the very heart of the literary scene of his day. His life, however, was often troubled by drink, depression, and tragedy. In 1796 his sister, Mary, stabbed their mother to death in a bout of insanity. Charles spent the rest of his life caring for his sister, foregoing marriage to ensure that she would not have to be confined indefinitely to an asylum. But their relationship was remarkably fruitful; they worked together on numerous literary projects and, in 1807, they published Tales from Shakespeare, a work that has never been out of print since. Charles died in 1834 and Mary in 1847. They lie in a shared grave in All Saint’s churchyard in Edmonton.

The Charles Lamb Society was founded in 1935 following the centenary of Lamb’s death. It aims to promote a wider and deeper understanding of the life and times of Charles and Mary Lamb. Each year we hold a series of events in London that try to preserve the spirit of Elian friendliness and good humour. New members are very welcome to join us. Please explore the site to find out more.