Description If Lamb had written only one book in his life, and it was this one, he would still be
regarded as one of the great essayists in the language. By the time this collection
was published, Lamb was already a literary celebrity because of the rage for
everything to do with Elia generated by the individual essays published under that
name in the London Magazine. The publisher was Taylor and Hessey, who had published
Keats, among others, and who presumably thought the four letters spelling Elia's
name would be more than enough to guarantee a brisk sale.