Lamb, Charles

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Lamb, Charles Gender: M
born on 10 February 1775 at 12:20 (= 12:20 PM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 21°40' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 26°06 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 28°35'

Charles Lamb


British essayist, poet and critic who wrote for magazines and papers while working as an accounting clerk for 33 yrs. He was educated at the charity school Christ's Hospital, 1782-1789, where fellow students included Leigh Hunt and Sam Coleridge, with whom he maintained a lifetime friendship. Lamb first became a clerk in South Sea House in 1789 and from there moved to East India House, where he remained 1792-1825. In 1796, he published his first set of sonnets; the year that his sister, Mary Ann, killed their mom in a fit of madness. His first poetic works were unsuccessful, including one novel, "A Tale of Rosamund Gray," and two plays. Lamb did receive some recognition for his children's book, "Tales from Shakespeare," 1807, and an anthology. His most noted work was the series, "Essays of Elia," showing gentle humor, tender sympathy and devotion to family and friends.

Lamb applied and was appointed the guardianship of his sister after the murder of their mother, to keep her from being placed in an insane asylum. He spent the rest of his life taking care of her and never married. Lamb died 12/27/1834, Edmonton, London, England.

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  • Work : New Job 1789 (Became a clerk at South Sea House)
  • Work : New Job 1792 (Started at East India House, 33 yrs.)
  • Family trauma 1796 (Sister kills mom)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1796 (First set of sonnets published)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1798 (Novel released)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1807 (First children's book released)
  • Work : Gain social status 1823 (First release of "Essays of Elia")

Source Notes

Wynn quotes Bell-Southnold "So Perish The Roses."


  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Sister killed their mom)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Second of two)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Cared for demented sister)
  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never (Never)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (36 yrs. as clerk)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Friends (Friend Sam Taylor Coleridge)
  • Vocation : Business : Clerical/ Secretarial (Accounting clerk)
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Essays, novels)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection