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Mary Ann Lamb (3 December 1764 – 20 May 1847), was an English writer, the sister and collaborator of Charles Lamb.

In 1796, Mary, who had suffered a breakdown from the strain of caring for her family, killed her mother with a kitchen knife, and from then on had to be kept under constant supervision. When their senile father died, her younger brother became her official guardian. They lived together and in 1823 they met and adopted an orphan, Emma Isola, who later married Charles's publisher Edward Moxon.

In 1807, Mary collaborated with Charles on a children's book, Tales from Shakespeare, and they produced other popular works for children in later years. On her own, Mary Lamb published an epistolary work, Mrs Leicester's School, which the poet Samuel Coleridge believed would and should be "acknowledged as a rich jewel in the treasury of our permanent English literature." It is with this book, concerning the tales of a variety of motherless and orphaned girls, that Mary Lamb seemed to deal with the personal themes of grief and guilt. Though her solo turn, critically acclaimed at the time, has not outlived its era, Tales from Shakespeare continues to be in print. It was first published by William Godwin (Mary Wollstonecraft's widower) and his second wife Mary Jane Godwin.

Mary continued to suffer bouts of mental illness throughout her life. Notwithstanding these dramatic interruptions, Mary, along with her brother, was at the center of an ongoing artist's salon in London, entertaining many theatrical and literary luminaries of the day. Among other notables, Coleridge praised her for the sensibility and empathy that characterized extended periods in which she was free of the symptoms of the bipolar disorder that she battled, often valiantly. Although contemporaries had predicted that Mary would be the first to die, it was Charles who succumbed to complications of an infected wound in 1834. Biographers have noted the irony of her brother's relatively greater dependence on her and her seeming instinct for survival, but after his death, she grew increasingly frail, cared for at times by a family and at others in an asylum.

On her death, she was buried next to her brother in the Edmonton Churchyard in Middlesex.

Subsequently, Mary has been depicted as the central character in The Lambs of London (2004), a novel by Peter Ackroyd. She is also the subject of a recent biographical study by British writer Kathy Watson, The Devil Kissed Her. Ms. Watson credits Mary Lamb with the "better half" of the writing in Tales in terms of its vibrancy and skill.
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Total Books: 172
Tales from Shakespeare William Shakespeare
2016 - Tales From Shakespeare William Shakespeare (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781539022077
ISBN-10: 1539022072
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Tales from Shakespeare
2016 - Tales From Shakespeare [Illustrated Edition] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9781532718168
ISBN-10: 1532718160
Genre: Children's Books
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Mrs Leicester's school  c
2010 - Mrs Leicester's School C (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781171776895
ISBN-10: 1171776896
Genre: History
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Mrs Leicester's School Or the History of Several Young Ladies Related by Themselves
The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Volume 7
2010 - The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Volume 7 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781143330056
ISBN-10: 1143330056
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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The Blue Jar Story Book
2010 - The Blue Jar Story Book [1906] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781120872005
ISBN-10: 1120872006
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Elia and the Last Essays of Elia
2010 - The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Elia and the Last Essays of Elia (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142058074
ISBN-10: 1142058077
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Tales from Shakespeare For the Use of Young Persons
2010 - Tales From Shakespeare for the Use of Young Persons (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142148775
ISBN-10: 1142148777
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Miscellaneous Prose 1798-1834
2010 - The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Miscellaneous Prose 1798-1834 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142345907
ISBN-10: 1142345904
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The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Volume 6
2010 - The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb Volume 6 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142546809
ISBN-10: 1142546802
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Essays and Sketches
2010 - Essays and Sketches (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781142660291
ISBN-10: 114266029X
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Works Volume 10
2010 - Works Volume 10 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142834180
ISBN-10: 1142834182
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Mrs Leicester's School And Other Writings in Prose and Verse
2010 - Mrs Leicester's School and Other Writings in Prose and Verse (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781142993528
ISBN-10: 1142993523
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Works Volume 8
2010 - Works Volume 8 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141416349
ISBN-10: 1141416344
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Tales from Shakespear Designed for the Use of Young Persons Volume 1
2010 - Tales From Shakespear Designed for the Use of Young Persons Volume 1 (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781141666744
ISBN-10: 114166674X
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Tales from Shakespear Designed for the Use of Young Persons Volume 2
2010 - Tales From Shakespear Designed for the Use of Young Persons Volume 2 (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781141875115
ISBN-10: 114187511X
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Mrs Leicester'S School The Histories of Several Young Ladies Related by Themselves
Mary and Charles Lamb Poems Letters
2009 - Mary and Charles Lamb Poems Letters (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781150571701
ISBN-10: 1150571705
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Tales From Shakespear  Designed for the Use of Young Persons
2009 - Tales From Shakespear Designed for the Use of Young Persons [Volume 1] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781459077805
ISBN-10: 1459077806
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Lamb's Tales from Shakespeare   and Nesbit's Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare
2009 - Lamb's Tales From Shakespeare and Nesbit's Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare [Complete and Unabridged] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781438297194
ISBN-10: 143829719X
Genre: Children's Books
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Elizabeth Villiers And Other Stories For Girls
2009 - Elizabeth VIlliers and Other Stories for Girls [1874] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781104860714
ISBN-10: 1104860716
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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2009 - Mfalme Lia [Swahili Edition] (Paperback)
2008 - Tales of Shakespeare [Large Print Edition] (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - Tales From Shakespeare Cd for Pack Level 5 [Penguin Readers Simplified Text] (Audio CD)
2008 - Shakespeare for Children with Ebook [Tantor Unabridged Classics] (Audio CD)Audio CD
2008 - More Tales From Shakespeare Cd for Pack Level 5 [Penguin Readers Simplified Text] (Audio CD)
2008 - Poems and Plays [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2008 - Poetry for Children [Dodo Press] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2008 - The Pawnbroker's Daughter [Dodo Press] (Paperback)
2003 - Ten Tales From Shakespeare [Dover Evergreen Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
2002 - King Lear [Tales from Shakespeare] (Paperback)
2002 - Tales From Shakespeare Hamlet [Tales from Shakespeare] (Paperback)
2000 - More Tales From Shakespeare Level 5 [Penguin Readers Simplified Text] (Paperback)
2000 - More Tales From Shakespeare [Penguin Readers, Level 3] (Paperback)Paperback
Lamb's Poetry for Children [Granger Index Reprint Ser] (Hardcover)
The Tempest [Tales from Shakespeare] (Paperback)
Othello [Tales from Shakespeare] (Paperback)Hardcover
Twelfth Night [Tales from Shakespeare] (Paperback)
Mrs Leicester's School 1809 [Revolution and Romanticism, 1789-1834] (Hardcover)
Cuentos De Shakespeare [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
The Winter's Tale [Illustrated Shakespeare] (Hardcover)