Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English essayist who aspired to be a poet. He is best known for his collection of essays under the title Essays of Elia. In collaboration with his sister Mary, (1764-1847) he also produced a version of the works of Shakespeare suitable for children, entitled Tales from Shakespeare.
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) was a nineteenth century satirical novelist. Although he vied in popularity with Dickens during the Victoria era, he is now remembered mainly for his novel Vanity Fair.