Charles Lamb was born in London in 1775. He studied at Christ's Hospital where he formed a lifelong friendship with Samuel Taylor Coleridge. When he was twenty years old Lamb suffered a period of insanity. His sister, Mary Ann Lamb, had similar problems and in 1796 murdered her mother in a fit of madness. Mary was confined to an asylum but was eventually released into the care of her brother.
Discusses the origin and thematic value of Wordsworth's use of specific locales in his poetry. Benis, Toby R. “Martha Ray's Face: Life During Wartime in Lyrical Ballads. ” Criticism 39, no. 2.