Charles Lamb (1775-1834) collaborated with his sister Mary (1764-1847) on Tales from Shakespeare (1807), and his Specimens of English Dramatic Poets (1808) helped to revive interest in Elizabethan plays.
As "Elia" he contributed essays to the London Magazine from 1820 (collected 1823 and 1833).
Born in London, Lamb was educated at Christ's Hospital. He was a contemporary of Coleridge, with whom he published some poetry in 1796.
He was a clerk at India House (1792-1825), when he retired to Enfield. His sister Mary stabbed their mother to death in a fit of insanity 1796, and Charles cared for her between her periodic returns to an asylum.