A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig & Other Essays

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Penguin UK, Apr 7, 2011 - Cooking - 96 pages
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A rapturous appreciation of pork crackling, a touching description of hungry London chimney sweeps, a discussion of the strange pleasure of eating pineapple and a meditation on the delights of Christmas feasting are just some of the subjects of these personal, playful writings from early nineteenth-century essayist Charles Lamb.

Exploring the joys of food and also our complicated social relationship with it, these essays are by turns sensuous, mischievous, lyrical and self-mocking. Filled with a sense of hunger, they are some of the most fascinating and nuanced works ever written about eating, drinking and appetite.


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A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig
Grace Before Meat
The Praise of ChimneySweepers
Rejoicings Upon the New Years Coming of Age
Confessions of a Drunkard
Elia on His Confessions of a Drunkard
Popular Fallacies
Edax on Appetite
Hospita on the Immoderate Indulgence of the Pleasures of the Palate
The Months
London Fogs
Thoughts on Presents of Game etc
The Last Peach
A Few Words on Christmas

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Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English essayist best known for his humorous Essays of Elia from which the essay 'A Dissertation Upon Roast Pig' is taken. Lamb enjoyed a rich social life and became part of a group of young writers that included William Hazlitt, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge with whom he shared a lifelong friendship. Lamb never achieved the same literary success as his friends but his influence on the English essay form cannot be underestimated and his book, Specimens of the English Dramatic Poets is remembered for popularising the work of Shakespeare's contemporaries.

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