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The Lambs of London : a novel
Peter Ackroyd
Adult Fiction ACKROYD

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Following up on his recent nonfiction Shakespeare: The Biography, Ackroyd brings readers forward to London at the turn of the 19th century, and to denizens who are preoccupied with the Shakespearean past. The plot is a lightly fictionalized story about real-life essayist Charles Lamb and his sister Mary, both passionate devot?es of the Bard, and their fraught friendship with William Henry Ireland, a bookseller who unearths a trove of Shakespeare documents, including what seems to be an unknown play. The mystery of the play's origin shapes an enchanting, slightly melancholy, exploration of Regency society. The young characters struggle with the constraints of their day-the brilliant, fragile Mary feels suffocated by the strictures of feminine domesticity; William chafes against his father's domination-but they do so without craning their necks toward modernity as an escape route: Ackroyd knows that the past is another country; there his characters live, and there they stay. Steeping readers in revealing but unobtrusive period detail, Ackroyd once again delivers a psychologically rich evocation of a vanished time. (June 20) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fresh from his success with Shakespeare (an LJ Best Book of 2005), Ackroyd examines the fascination of Charles Lamb and his notorious sister, Mary, with reports that a young bookseller has discovered a new Shakespeare play. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Charles Lamb
Devoted fan of Shakespeare; aspiring writer; boredwith his job
Clerk

Mary Lamb
Female
Charles's sister; fan of Shakespeare; taking care of her mother and father; stuck in domesticity.
Bookseller

William Henry Ireland
Male
Age: 17Ambitious
Friends with Charles and Mary; antiquarian bookseller; claims to have a lost play of Shakespeare's.
Bookseller



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