Janellyn51's Reviews > Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London
Mad Mary Lamb: Lunacy and Murder in Literary London
Dec 06, 2013
I enjoyed this book about Mary Lamb. I wasn't all that familiar with Charles Lambs writings, only the name. I can't see that he was all that witty, but of course it was a different time and different humor. I did find reading about Mary's madness and how they dealt with it pretty interesting. Without knowing too terribly much about psychiatric malady's, it was pretty plain that she was bi polar, or some such along those lines. I'm not sure how you murder your mother and not wind up in jail or hanged, but they put her in a madhouse for a short period of time...which started the pattern of her life in and out of madhouses. When she wasn't nuts, she did accomplish quite a bit. Certainly she and her brother hung with some of the foremost people of their day. I've always been interested in Mary Wallstonecraft Godwin...and although she was pretty much gone by the point that the Lambs came into Godwin's circle, it seems that Mary Lamb was pretty good at getting her own vindication for the rights of women. Go Mary! I appreciated the research that went into the book, and it's written well, were it not for the holiday season, I would have finished it much sooner, because it really goes right along!
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December 6, 2013 – Started Reading
December 6, 2013 – Shelved
December 28, 2013 – Finished Reading