A humble clerk with the East India Company for much of his life, Charles Lamb (1775-1834) came into his own writing essays "under the phantom cloud of Elia". This assumed name, borrowed from another clerk, enabled him to put the full resources of his wit at the service of a form to which he was temperamentally suited, and made his own.
Tragic domestic circumstances bound Charles to his sister Mary, with whom he lived "in a sort of double singleness", after she stabbed their mother to death in a fit of madness. Contrasting his tastes in reading with those of his sister, who "must have a story – well, ill, or indifferently told", Lamb confides that "out-of-the-way humours and opinion – heads with some diverting twist in them – the oddities of authorship please me most". Montaigne, whose presence hovers over the Essays of Elia (1823), would have approved.
Lamb's nimble, cadenced prose, with its occasional antiquated turn of phrase, exhibits the same curious mixture of erudition and colloquialism, of seriousness and jest, as that of his French predecessor. For his unruly "little sketches", Lamb, like Montaigne, quarries his own experience, his circle of acquaintances and relatives thinly disguised beneath initials and pseudonyms, just like Elia himself.
Evoked with rare sensuality, the minutiae of everyday life – a card game in "Mrs Battle's Opinions on Whist", the ritual of saying "Grace Before Meat", the perils of lending books in "The Two Races of Men" – are all grist to his mill. Essays of Elia certainly lends itself to repeated reading, and when Lamb's popularity was at its height, his Victorian and Edwardian readers could recite entire passages. Thanks to this elegant new Hesperus edition, Charles Lamb's forgotten masterpiece is ripe for rediscovery.
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2471Excel Analysis ToolPak is missing or appears in a language other than English
The Analysis ToolPak is a Microsoft Excel add-in program. To use it in Excel 2013 or Excel 2016, you need to load it first:
- From Excel 2013 or Excel 2016, click the File tab, and then click Options.
- Click Add-Ins and in the Manage box, select Excel Add-ins.
- Click Go… button.
- In the Add-Ins available: box, select the Analysis ToolPak check box, and then click OK.
- After you load the Analysis ToolPak, the Data Analysis command is available in the Analysis group on the Data tab.
If the Data Analysis or Solver command appears in a language other than English (such as Russian or Spanish):
- Close all Microsoft Office applications.
- Click the Start button > All Programs > Install Applications.
- In the Software Center window click Available Software.
- If Office 2013 is installed click Excel Solver Language fix for Office 2013 SP1 – Excel Solver Fix – Office 2013 item on the list.
- Or if Office 2016 is installed click Excel Solver Language fix for Office 2016 – Excel Solver Fix – Office 2016 item on the list.
- Click the Install button.
- Once complete you should find the the DataAnalysis tool pack and Solver in Excel are in english.
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