The Essays of Elia

Author: Charles Lamb  | Date: 1823


The South-Sea House

Oxford in the Vacation

Christ’s Hospital Five-and-Thirty Years Ago

The Two Races of Men

New Year’s Eve

Mrs. Battle’s Opinions on Whist

A Chapter on Ears

All Fools’ Day

A Quakers’ Meeting

The Old and the New Schoolmaster

Imperfect Sympathies

Witches, and other Night Fears

Valentine’s Day

My Relations

Mackery End, in Hertfordshire

My First Play

Modern Gallantry

The Old Benchers of the Inner Temple

Grace before Meat

Dream Children: A Reverie

Distant Correspondents

The Praise of Chimney-Sweepers

A Complaint of the Decay of Beggars

A Dissertation upon Roast Pig

A Bachelor’s Complaint of the Behaviour of Married People

On some of the Old Actors

On the Artificial Comedy of the Last Century

On the Acting of Munden


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Chicago: Charles Lamb, "Contents," The Essays of Elia Original Sources, accessed May 19, 2024,

MLA: Lamb, Charles. "Contents." The Essays of Elia, Original Sources. 19 May. 2024.

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