Essays of Elia - Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction (Paperback)
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Essays of Elia - Sightline Books: The Iowa Series in Literary Nonfiction (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 31/07/2003
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Charles Lamb, one of the most engaging personal essayists of all time, began publishing his Elia essays in the ""London Magazine"" in 1820; they were so immediately popular that a book-length collection was published in 1823. Inventing the persona of ""Elia"" allowed Lamb to be shockingly honest and to gain a playful distance for self-examination. The resulting essays touched upon a wide range of compelling subjects from the humorous ""Dissertation upon Roast Pig"" to the poignantly reflective ""New Year's Eve"". Yet collectively, they also comprise a fascinating personal memoir, veiled under the pseudonymous disguise of Elia. This edition of the text features a foreword by Phillip Lopate and contains useful annotation throughout.

Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 9780877458517
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 435 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 32 mm


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". . . one of the classics of English prose and a cornerstone of the personal essay tradition. All personal essayists worth their salt owe a huge debt to this generous and generative collection. . .; all apprentice essayists who would strive to make headway in the form will need to read it. . . . Essays of Elia is not only an essential text, but a near-buried treasure, an all-but-lost masterpiece in our contemporary culture." -- Phillip Lopate

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