Charles Lamb, from Essays of Elia. A note on the author. Charles Lamb was born in London on February 10, 1775, the son of a lawyer. He was educated at Christ's Hospital, where he became friends with S.T. Coleridge; a volume of poems by Coleridge published in 1796 contains four of Lamb's sonnets. Among his more successful prose writings are the Tales from Shakespear (1807) which he wrote with.