It’s Charles Lamb!
I am a fan of Charles & Mary Lamb. I am particularly fond of Tales from Shakspeare (not a typo, that’s how it was spelled back in ancient times). I could go on and on about the Lambs, their works and letters, their lives. Unfortunately, I squandered my going on and on time on that stupid infallible source’s stupid entry on Mary Lamb.
So we’ll cut straight to the GDR for 3/22/20.
“Two Races of Men.” And don’t get your knickers in a knot. The word ‘race’ was used differently back in the
crappy olden days. The two races are borrowers and lenders– including the borrowers and lenders of books.
To one like Elia, whose treasures are rather cased in leather covers than closed in iron coffers, there is a class of alienators more formidable than that which I have touched upon: I mean our borrowers of books–those mutilators of collections, spoilers of the symmetry of shelves, and creators of odd volumes.
It’s a quick read– well worth it if you can get your head and ear back in 19th century Britain. Lots of inside jokes, but don’t worry about those if you don’t get them.
Stay well and enjoy the rest of the weekend. Tomorrow it’s back to the old grindstone.