Mary Anne LambMary Anne Lamb
English Author
1765 – 1847 A.D.

Mary Anne Lamb, an English author, sister of Charles Lamb, with whom she resided constantly until his death, except when fits of insanity obliged her removal to the asylum.

She wrote a few slight poems, but her principal work, deservedly popular, is Tales from Shakespeare (1807) written in conjunction with her brother.

The stories by her are, as Charles delighted to insist, the best of the collection.

When well, she was remarkable for the sweetness and placidity of her disposition, and the mutual devotion of brother and sister was beautiful and pathetic.

On Charles Lamb’s death, the East India Company granted to her the pension to which a widow was entitled, and her brother had besides made her comfort secure by his own savings.

She survived Charles thirteen years, and was buried beside him at Edmonton.


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.

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