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The Lambs of London

by Peter Ackroyd

The Lambs of London
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2006, 224 pages
    Paperback:
    Jul 2007, 224 pages

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A witty reimagining of a great nineteenth-century Shakespeare forgery

Ackroyd blends fact, fiction and a little bit of mystery in his entertaining new novel following the success of Shakespeare (2005), in which he returns to the territory of literary plagerism that he first explored in Chatterton. Although most reviews are positive, some reviewers feel that Ackroyd plays a little too fast and lose with the facts (for example, he bumps Mary off 43 years earlier than she actually died, and there is no historical evidence that William Ireland and the Lambs were ever in contact, let alone that Mary was romantically infatuated with Ireland). Questions such as these could have been cleared up with the use of an author's note explaining where fact ends and fiction starts but all Ackroyd offers is a single comment stating that what he has written is "not a biography but a work of fiction", in which he has "changed the life of the Lamb ...

Charles Lamb was an English essayist and co-author with his sister Mary of the children's book Tales from Shakespeare (1807). Both he and his sister suffered from periods of mental illness. In 1796 Mary "worn down to a state of extreme nervous misery by attention to needlework by day and to her mother at night" stabbed her mother in the heart with a table knife. Charles succeeded in keeping her out of prison by promising to take personal responsibility for her safekeeping. Charles was friends with Wordsworth, Coleridge and acquainted with other writers of the period such as Shelley.

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