Charles Lamb and His Contemporaries: Being the Clark Lectures Delivered at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1932

Charles Lamb and His Contemporaries: Being the Clark Lectures Delivered at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1932

Charles Lamb and His Contemporaries: Being the Clark Lectures Delivered at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1932

Charles Lamb and His Contemporaries: Being the Clark Lectures Delivered at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1932

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It was in my mind to attempt a large account of Charles Lamb and to proceed with researches for that purpose, when the Master and Fellows of Trinity College honoured me with an invitation to give the Clark Lectures of 1939; and the subject of Lamb being uppermost, I perhaps injudiciously offered it. I say injudiciously because the occasion did not seem to require the kind of diurnal and detailed reconsideration which I had begun to see shaping itself to my hand; a series of lectures for an audience however learned and sympathetic would mean not a collection but a selection of topics and biographical circumstances. My hosts accepted my proposed subject, and the ensuing pages are the after-effect of their benevolence. I am delighted to record here my gratitude for the honour done to me by the Master and Fellows, as to a line of men of letters before me, and to add that, whatever the fate of the lectures may be, the lecturer's memory has been enriched by a series of personal experiences, kind beyond his deservings. May I thank, too . . .

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