Elia and The Last Essays of Elia / Charles Lamb, by Charles Lamb

Table of Contents



  1. The South-Sea House
  2. Oxford in the Vacation
  3. Christ’s Hospital Five and Thirty Years Ago
  4. The Two Races of Men
  5. New Year’s Eve
  6. Mrs. Battle’s Opinions on Whist
  7. A Chapter on Ears
  8. All Fools’ Day
  9. A Quaker’s Meeting
  10. The Old and the New Schoolmaster
  11. Valentine’s Day
  12. Imperfect Sympathies
  13. Witches, and Other Night-Fears
  14. My Relations
  15. Mackery End, in Hertfordshire
  16. Modern Gallantry
  17. The Old Benchers of the Inner Temple
  18. Grace Before Meat
  19. My First Play
  20. Dream-Children; a Reverie
  21. Distant Correspondents; in a Letter to B.f. Esq. At Sydney, New South Wales
  22. The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers
  23. A Complaint of the Decay of Beggars in the Metropolis
  24. A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig
  25. A Bachelor’s Complaint of the Behaviour of Married People
  26. On Some of the Old Actors
  27. On the Artificial Comedy of the Last Century
  28. On the Acting of Munden
Notes to Elia

The Last Essays of Elia

  1. Blakesmoor in H——— Shire
  2. Poor Relations
  3. Stage Illusion
  4. To the Shade of Elliston
  5. Plaudito, Et Valeto
  6. Ellistoniana
  7. Detached Thoughts on Books and Reading
  8. The Old Margate Hoy
  9. The Convalescent
  10. Sanity of True Genius
  11. Captain Jackson
  12. The Superannuated Man
  13. The Genteel Style in Writing
  14. Barbara S——
  15. The Tombs in the Abbey; in a Letter to R—— S— — Esq.
  16. Amicus Redivivus
  17. Some Sonnets of Sir Philip Sydney
  18. Newspapers Thirty-Five Years Ago
  19. Barrenness of the Imaginative Faculty in the Productions of Modern Art
  20. Rejoicings Upon the New Year’s Coming of Age
  21. The Wedding
  22. The Child Angel A Dream
  23. A Death-Bed In a Letter to R.H. Esq. of B——
  24. Old China
  25. Popular Fallacies
    1. i. — That a Bully is Always a Coward
    2. ii. — That ill-Gotten Gain Never Prospers
    3. iii. — That a Man Must Not Laugh at His Own Jest
    4. iv. — That Such a One Shows His Breeding. — That it is Easy to Perceive he is No Gentleman
    5. v. — That the Poor Copy the Vices of the Rich
    6. vi. — That Enough is as Good as a Feast
    7. vii. — Of Two Disputants, the Warmest is Generally in the Wrong
    8. viii. — That Verbal Allusions are Not Wit, Because They Will Not Bear a Translation
    9. ix. — That the Worst Puns are the Best
    10. x. — That Handsome is that Handsome Does
    11. xi. — That We Must Not Look a Gift-Horse in the Mouth
    12. xii. — That Home is Home Though it is Never So Homely
    13. xiii. — That You Must Love Me, and Love My Dog
    14. xiv. — That We Should Rise with the Lark
    15. xv. — That We Should Lie Down with the Lamb
    16. xvi. — That a Sulky Temper is a Misfortune
Notes to The Last Essays of Elia

Appendix Lamb’s essays on “The Old Actors” as originally printed in the London Magazine.

  1. On Some of the Old Actors (London Magazine, Feb., 1822)
  2. The Old Actors (London Magazine, April, 1822)
  3. The Old Actors (London Magazine, October, 1822)
  4. Mr. Suett
  5. Mr. Munden



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