Unglossed facts, but a sympathetic treatment of the story of Charles and Mary Lamb, in fictionized biography. Charles' unstable family life, the taint of mental unbalance, his snobbish brother, his doomed sister, his futile father and faultfinding mother; his schooling, friends, work and the consecration of his life to Mary when she kills her mother. The threat of insanity loses the four women he loved. His smoking and drinking and emotional tangles ruin his health -- sometimes his friendships. His literary stature grew slowly, but he cared little for public opinion, he took his troubles lightly. A picture of a personality -- by one who loves him. A thorough going picture of the people and the period, of Coleridge, Hazlitt, Wordsworth. A book for people interested in Lamb and his works. Specialized appeal.