Studies on Edward Lear

This page contains books and articles specifically about Edward Lear; it should be integrated with the one on Nonsense literature, all of whose items contain discussions of Lear.

“[Fanny Kemble and Edward Lear in Italy].” Littel’s Living Age 15 (1847): 481-94. DownloadFields, James Thomas. Underbrush. Boston: James R. Osgood  and Company, 1877. 52-6.

Strachey, Sir Edward. “Talk at a Country House: Taking Leave; Emile Souvestre; Edward Lear; Retrospect.” The Atlantic Monthly 143 (1894): 625-36. Reprinted in Talk at a Country House: Fact and Fiction. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood & Sons, 1895. 209-35. Read

Chesterton, Gilbert K. “A Defence of Nonsense.” The Defendant. London: R. Brimley Johnson, 1901. 42-50. Read

Malcolm, Ian. “Edward Lear.” The Cornhill Magazine n.s. 24  (1908): 25-36.

Jackson, Holbrook. “Masters of Nonsense.” All Manner of Folks: Interpretations and Studies. London: Grant Richards Ltd., 1912. 30-44.

Matews, Gregory M. “Dates of Issue of Lear’s Illustrations of the Psittaccidae.” Austral Avian Record 1.1 (1912).

Huxley, Aldous. “Edward Lear”. On the Margin. London: Chatto and Windus, 1923. 167-72.

Hardie, Martin. “Edward Lear.” Artwork 22 (summer 1930): 114-8.

Coolidge, Bertha. “How Pleasant to Know Mister Lear!” The Colophon pt. 9.6 (1932). Read

Osgood Field, William B. Edward Lear on my Shelves. Munich: privately printed by the Bremer Press, 1933.

Happel, Ralph. “Edward Lear, King of Nonsense.” University of Virginia, 1934.

Izzo, Carlo. “L’umorismo alla luce del Book of Nonsense.” Ateneo Veneto, novembre 1935.

Leimert, Erika. “Die Nonsense-poesie von Edward Lear.” Neueren Sprachen 45 (1937): 368-73.

Bonello, Vincenzo. “Maltese Watercolours by Edward Lear and H. De Chacaton.” Bulletin of the Museum, Valletta 1.8 (1937?): 189-94.

Megroz, R.L. “The Master of Nonsense.” The Cornhill Magazine 157 (1938): 175-90.

Davidson, Angus. Edward Lear: Landscape Painter and Nonsense Poet. London: John Murray, 1938 Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1967.

Nock, S.A. “Lachrimae Nugarum: Edward Lear of the Nonsense Verses.” Sewanee Review 49 (1941): 68-81.

Praz, Mario. “Edward Lear.” Motivi e figure. Torino: Einaudi, 1945. 92-5.

Orwell, George. “Nonsense Poetry.” Tribune 21 December 1945. Reprinted in Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays. London: Sacker and Warburg, 1950. 179-84. Read

Reade, Brian. “The Birds of Edward Lear.” Signature 4 (1947).

Gaunt, William. “The Two-Sided Mr. Lear.” Art News Annual. New York: The Art Foundation, 1948.

Reade, Brian. Edward Lear’s Parrots. London: Duckworth, 1949; reprinted as An Essay on Edward Lear’s Illustrations of the Psittaccidea, or Parrots. New York: Johnson Reprint Corporation, 1979.

Anderson, Jørgen. “Edward Lear and the Origins of Nonsense.” English Studies 31 (1950): 161-6.

Brockway, J.J. “Edward Lear: Poet.” Fortnightly Review 167 (1950): 334-9.

Eliot, Thomas Stearns. “The Aims of Education. 1. Can Education Be Defined?” To Criticize the Critic. Faber and Faber, 1950. 61-76.

Dyson, A.E. “Method in Madness: A Note on Edward Lear.” English 10.60 (1955): 221-24.

Edward Lear, 1812-1888; an Exhibition of Oil Paintings, Water-Colours and Drawings, Books and Prints, Manuscripts, Photographs and Records. London: Arts Council of Great Britain, 1958.

Drawings by Edward Lear; an Exhibition at the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, November through December, 1962. San Marino: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1962.

Hofer, Philip. Edward Lear. New York: Oxford University Press, 1962.

Bury, Adrian. “The Other Side of Edward Lear.” Antique Collector August 1963.

Hofer, Philip. “Edward Lear: One of the Ablest Topographical Draughtsmen of His Time.” Conoisseur January 1964.

Lambourne, Maureen. “Birds of a Feather: Edward Lear and Elizabeth Gould.” Country Life June 1964.

Edward Lear: Drawings from a Greek Tour. Sheffield: Graves Art Gallery, 1964.

Nixon, Harold. “The Second Lithographic Edition of Lear’s Book of Nonsense.” British Museum Quarterly 28 (1964): 7-8.

Richardson, Johanna. Edward Lear. ‘Writers and Their Work’ no. 184. London: Longman, 1965.

Civ’ian, T.V., and D.M. Segal. “Struttura della poesia inglese del Nonsense (sulla base dei Limericks di Edward Lear).” I sistemi di segni e lo strutturalismo sovietico. Eds. Faccani, Remo and Umberto Eco. Milano: Bompiani, 1969. 151-61. Original edition”K strukture anglijskoj poezii nonsensa (na materiale limerikov E. Lira).” Trudy po znakovym sistemam II, 1965. 320-329.

Barker, Warren J. “The Nonsense of Edward Lear.” The Psychoanalytic Quarterly 35 (1966): 568-86.

Hofer, Philip. Edward Lear as a Landscape Draughtsman. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press, 1967.

Hofer, Philip, and Randall Thompson. “The Yonghy Bonghy Bò.” Harvard Library Bulletin 15 (1967): 229-37. 

Edward Lear, Painter, Poet and Draughtsman. An Exhibition of Drawings, Watercolors, Oils, Nonsense and Travel Books. Ed. Eleanor M. Garvey. Worcester: Worcester Art Museum, 1968.

Edward Lear. David Roberts. New York: Davis Galleries, 1968.

Schöne, Annemarie. “Edward Lears Nonsense-Balladen.” Neueren Sprachen n.s. 18 (1969): 268-77.

Richardson, Johanna. “Edward Lear: Man of Letters.” Ariel 1.4 (1969): 18-28.

Noakes, Vivien. Edward Lear: The Life of a Wanderer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1969. Revised paperback edition, London: Fontana/Collins, 1979. Revised and enlarged edition Stroud: Sutton, 2004.

Fink, Guido. “Lear, il ‘Nonsense’ e l’epiteto ‘differente’.” Paragone 259 (1970): 155-61.

Christopher, J.R. “Three Notes on Edward Lear.” Unicorn 2.3 (1970): 12-4.

Edward Lear in Greece; a Loan Exhibition from the Gennadius Library, Athens. Circulated by the International Exhibitions Foundation, 1971-1972. Meriden, Conn.: Meriden Gravure Co., 1971.

Graffi, Milli. “Edward Lear: Una logica del nonsense.” Il verri n.s. 1 (1971): 114-30.

Christopher, J.R. “Two More Notes on Edward Lear.” Unicorn 3.1 (1971): 12-4.

Neve, Christopher. “There Was a Young Person Of… Edward Lear’s Birds.” Country Life April 1972.

Miller, Edmund. “Two Approaches to Edward Lear’s Songs.” Victorian Newsletter 44 (1973): 5-8.

Kelen, Emery. Mr Nonsense. A Life of Edward Lear. London: McDonald and Jane’s, 1974.

Ede, Lisa Susan. “The Nonsense Literature of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll.” Ohio State University, 1975.

Edward Lear & Knowsley: an exhibition of watercolours belonging to the Earl of Derby Walker Art Gallery Liverpool, 1975. Liverpool: Walker Art Gallery, 1975.

Lehman, John. Edward Lear and His World. London: Thames and Hudson,, 1977.

Byrom, Thomas. Nonsense and Wonder: The Poems and Cartoons of Edward Lear. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1977.

Bouissac, Paul. “Decoding Limericks: A Structuralist Approach.” Semiotica 19 (1977): 1-12.

Hark, Ina Rae. “Edward Lear: Eccentricity and Victorian ‘Angst’.” Victorian Poetry 16 (1978): 112-22.

Ehrenpreis, Anne Henry. “Edward Lear Signs Tennyson’s Songs.” Harvard Library Bulletin 27 (1979): 65-85. 

Hyman, Susan. Edward Lear’s Birds. London: Weidenfield and Nicholson, 1980.

Lyons, Anne Kearns, Thomas R. Lyons, and Michael James Preston. A Concordance to the Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear. Norwood, Pa.: Norwood Editions, 1980.

Willis, Gary. “Two Different Kettles of Talking Fish: The Nonsense of Lear and Carroll.” Jabberwocky: The Journal of the Lewis Carroll Society 9, no. 4 (1980): 87-94.

Copley, L.A. “Edward Lear – Composer.” Musical Opinion October 1980: 8-9, 12, 39.

Korn, Frederick. Edward Lear’s a Book of Nonsense: A Description of Holdings in the John M. Shaw Collection, Florida State University. Tallahassee, Fla.: Friends of the Florida State University Library, 1981.

Miller Robinson, Fred. “Nonsense and Sadness in Donald Bartheleme and Edward Lear.” South Atlantic Quarterly 80 (1981): 164-76.

How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear: Watercolors by Edward Lear from Rhode Island Collections. Ed. L. Candace Pezzera. Providence, R.I.: Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1982.

Hark, Ina Rae. Edward Lear. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1982.

Harmon, William. “Lear, Limericks, and Some Other Verse Forms.” Children’s Literature: an International Journal. Annual of the Modern Language Association 10 (1982): 70-6.

Graziosi, Marco. “Testo verbale e testo iconico nei limericks di Edward Lear.” Università degli studi di Bologna. Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia, 1982. Download

The Travels of Edward Lear. London: Fine Art Society, 1983.

Baker, William. “T.S. Eliot on Edward Lear: An Unnoted Attribution.” English Studies 64 (1983): 564-6.

Imholtz, Augustus A. “The Owl and the Panther: Lewis Carroll’s Parody of Edward Lear’s ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’.” Jabberwocky: The Journal of the Lewis Carroll Society 12, no. 3 (1983): 62-5.

Colley, Ann C. “Edward Lear and Thomas Seddon: The Paradox of Inquiry.” Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 5.1 (1984): 36-48.

Woddis, Anna. “’More or Less a Sorrow’: Some Observations on the Work of Edward Lear.” Pictures at an Exhibition (Psychology Revivals): Selected Essays on Art and Art Therapy. Eds. Gilroy, Andrea and Tessa Dalley. 2014 ed. London: Routledge, 1984. 

Livingston, Myra Cohn. “Letter to the Editor.” Jabberwocky: The Journal of the Lewis Carroll Society 14, no. 1 (1984/85): 18-20. [A reply and confutation of Imholtz 1983.]

Edward Lear 1812-1888. Eds. Vivien Noakes, Steven Runciman and Jeremy Maas. London: Royal Academy of Arts and Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1985.

Bruni Roccia, Gioiella. “Il problema del testo nel Book of Nonsense di Edward Lear.” Studi italiani di linguistica teorica e applicata 14 (1985): 239-87.

Noakes, Vivien. “No-Nonsense Natural History of Edward Lear.” New Scientist, 25 April 1985, 48-50.

Ord, Priscilla. “‘There Was an Old Derry Down Derry, Who Loved to Make Little Folks Merry’: A Closer Look at the Limericks of Edward Lear.” Literary Onomastics Studies 12 (1985): 93-118.

Livingston, Myra Cohn. A Learical Lexicon: From the Works of Edward Lear. New York: Atheneum, 1985.

Clark, Arthur. “The Was a Young Man Named Lear.” Aramco World Magazine 37.4 (1986): 2-9.

Hearn, Michael Patrick. “How Pleasant Is It to Know Mr. Lear?” American Book Collector 7.1 (1986): 21-7.

Gallup, Donald Clifford. “Collecting Edward Lear.” Yale University Library Gazette 61.3-4 (1986): 125-42.

Colley, Ann C. “Edward Lear and the Pre-Raphaelite Impossibility: Reflections on the Lear Exhibit: The National Academy of Design, New York, September 10-November 3, 1985.” Journal of Pre-Raphaelite Studies 7.1 (1986): 44-9.

Grassi, Aldo Vittorio. “L’universo nonsensico dei ‘limerick’ di Edward Lear.” Humanitas: Rivista di cultura 41 (1986): 703-13.

Fiorentino, Emmanuel. “Edward Lear in Malta.” Proceedings of History Week 1984  (1986): 33-40. Read

Caboni, Alessandro. Nonsense: Edward Lear e la tradizione del nonsense inglese. Roma: Bulzoni, 1988.

Pitman, Ruth. Edward Lear’s Tennyson. Manchester: Carcanet, 1988.

Colley, Ann C. “Edward Lear’s Limericks and the Reversals of Nonsense.” Victorian Poetry 26 (1988): 285-99.

Colley, Ann C. “The Limerick and the Space of Metaphor.” Genre 21 (1988): 65-91.

Chitty, Susan. That Singular Person Called Lear. London: Weidenfield and Nicolson, 1988. New York: Atheneum, 1989.

Dehejia, Vidya. Impossible Picturesqueness: Edward Lear’s Indian Watercolours, 1873-1875. With an essay by Allen Staley. New York: Columbia University Press, 1989.

Bowersock, G.W. “Edward Lear in Petra.” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 134.3 (1990): 309-20.

Kamen, Gloria. Edward Lear, King of Nonsense: A Biography. New York: Atheneum, 1990.

Hark, Ina Rae. “The Jew as Victorian Cultural Signifier: Illustrated by Edward Lear.” Bucknell Review: Journal of Letters, Arts and Sciences 34 (1990): 82-98.

Noakes, Vivien. The Painter Edward Lear. Newton Abbot: David & Charles, 1991.

Snider, Clifton. “Victorian Trickster: A Jungian Consideration of Edward Lear’s Nonsense Verse.” Psychological Perspectives 24 (1991). Read

Colley, Ann C. “Edward Lear’s Anti-Colonial Bestiary.” Victorian Poetry 30 (1992): 109-20.

Byrne, Peter. “Edward Lear in Liguria.”  Viaggiatori Stranieri in Liguria. Ed. Emanuele Kanceff. Genève: Slatkine, 1992.

Colley, Ann C. Edward Lear and the Critics. Columbia, SC: Camden House, 1993.

Olson, Kirby. “Edward Lear: Deleuzian Landscape Painter.” Victorian Poetry 31 (1993): 347-62.

Ponterotto, Diane. “Rule-Breaking and Meaning-Making in Edward Lear.” Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses 6 (1993): 153-61. Read

Dilworth, Thomas. “Society and the Self in the Limericks of Lear.” Review of English Studies 45.177 (1994): 42-62.

Edward Lear (1812-1888): Il viaggio come avventura estetica. Ed. Alessandro Porro. Milano: Finarte, 1994.

Levi, Peter. Edward Lear: A Biography. London: Macmillan, 1995.

Wullschlager, Jackie. Inventing Wonderland: The Lives and Fantasies of Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.M. Barrie, Kenneth Grahame and A.A. Milne. London: Methuen, 1995.

Dilworth, Thomas. “Edward Lear’s Suicide Limerick.” Review of English Studies 46.184 (1995): 535-8.

Leclercq, Guy. “Le rire et le sourire d’Edward Lear.” Interfaces 8 (1995).

Ávila, Myriam. Rima e solução. A poesia nonsense de Lewis Carroll e Edward Lear. São Paulo (Br): Annablume, 1996. 

Karagjozi, Afrim Q. Eduard Liri: Piktor, Poet, Udhëtar, 1812-1888. Tiranë: Botimet Enciklopedike, 1997.

Edward Lear (Holloway 1812-Sanremo 1888). Eds. Valerie Wadsworth and Rodolfo Falchi. Poggibonsi: Lalli, 1997.

Stemmler, Theo. “Edward Lears Zoo.”  Sinn Im Unsinn. Über Unsinndichtung Vom Mittelalter Bis Zum 20. Jahrhundert. Eds. Theo Stemmler and Stephan Horlacher. Tübingen: Narr, 1997. 71-86.

Rieder, John. “Edward Lear’s Limericks: The Function of  Children’s Nonsense Poetry.” Children’s Literature 26 (1998): 47-60.

Viola, Antonella. Edward Lear: un vedutista inglese in Basilicata. Potenza: Tipolitografia Olita R. & C., 1998.

Heyman, Michael Benjamin. “Isles of Boshen: Edward Lear’s Literary Nonsense in Context.” University of Glasgow, Faculty of Arts, Department of English Literature, 1999. Read

Charles Lewsen in How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear. Programme with essays by R. Fowler, V. Noakes, R. McCracken Peck, R. Pitman, J.G. Schiller, J. Swales, and poems by W.H. Auden, G. Benson, C. Causley, H. Dunmore, U.A. Fanthorpe, P. Gross, A. Mitchell, R. McGough, I. McMillan, T. Paulin, P. Porter, A. Tennyson, A. Thorpe, J. Whitworth. Bristol: The Friends of the British Oncology Centre, 2000.

Heyman, Michael. “A New Defense of Nonsense; or, ‘Where, Then Is His Phallus?’ and Other Questions Not to Ask.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 24.4 (2000): 187-194.

Wilcox, Scott. Edward Lear and the Art of Travel. New Haven, CT: Yale Center for British Art, 2000.

Sala, Michele. “Lear’s Nonsense: Beyond Children’s Literature”.  2000. nonsenselit.org. Ed. Marco Graziosi. <http://www.nonsenselit.org/content/view/68/57/&gt;. Read

Drummond, Maldwin. “Edward Lear: Poet and Artist in Ligury.”  Da Ulisse a Ulisse (il viaggio come mito letterario). Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Imperia, 5-6 Ottobre. Ed. Giorgetta Revelli. Pisa: Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali, 2001.

Novi Ceppelini, Nucci. “A proposito di Edward Lear e dei Drummonds.”  Da Ulisse a Ulisse (il viaggio come mito letterario). Atti del Convegno Internazionale, Imperia, 5-6 Ottobre. Ed. Giorgetta Revelli. Pisa: Istituti Editoriali e Poligrafici Internazionali, 2001.

Updike, John. “Lear, Far and Near.” The New York Review of Books 48.1 (2001).

Treuherz, Julian. “Edward Lear in Syracuse.” Burlington Magazine 144.1194 (2002): 532-8.

McCracken Peck, Robert. “The 13th Earl of Derby’s Support for Edward Lear, Natural History Artist.”  A Passion for Natural History: The Life and Legacy of the 13th Earl of Derby. Ed. Clemency Fisher. Liverpool: National Museum and Galleries on Merseyside, 2002. 164-73.

Morris, Edward. “The 13th Earl of Derby’s Patronage of Edward Lear in Italy.”  A Passion for Natural History: The Life and Legacy of the 13th Earl of Derby. Ed. Clemency Fisher. Liverpool: National Museum and Galleries on Merseyside, 2002. 173-83.

Aira, César. Edward Lear. El Escribiente. Rosario, Argentina: Beatriz Viterbo Editora, 2004.

Andreu, Maribel, and Pilar Orero. “La traducció a l’italià dels primers versos dels limericks d’Edward Lear.” Quaderns. Revista de traducció 11 (2004): 187-200. Read

Williams, James. “Edward Lear”. The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 July 2004. Read

Nöth, Winfried. “The Art of Self-Reference in Edward Lear’s Limericks.” Interdisciplinary Journal for Germanic Linguistics and Semiotic Analysis 10.1 (2005): 47-66. Download Then in Literatur und Lebenskunst: Festschrift für Gerd Rohmann. Ed. Eva Oppermann. Kassel: Kassel University Press, 2006. 131-145. Read

Sinclair Galea, Catherine. “Edward Lear.” Treasures of Malta 12.1 (2005).

Nugent, Charles. “Some unpublished drawings by Edward Lear of British subjects.” The British Art Journal 8.1 (2007): 24-29.

Ward, Shane. “The Owl and the Pussycat: A Conspiracy Theory”.  2007.  (November 18, 2007):  AuthorsDen.com. 1 March 2010.

Barton, Anna. “Boz, Ba and Derry Down Derry Names and Pseudonyms in Victorian Literature.” Literature Compass 6, no. 3 (2009): 799-809.

Barton, Anna. “Delirious Bulldogs and Nasty Crockery: Tennyson as Nonsense Poet.” Victorian Poetry 47, no. 1 (2009): 313-30.

Palumbo, Angelica. “Edward Lear in Italy: Mediterranean Landscapes as Inspiration for a Rhizomic System of Nonsense.” In The Victorian and Italy: Literature, Travel, Politics and Art, edited by Alessandro Vescovi, Luisa Villa and Paul Vita, 247-61. Monza: Polimetrica, 2009. Open Access Book.

Maxwell, Richard. “Palms and Temples: Edward Lear’s Topographies.” Victorian Poetry 48, no. 1 (2010): 73-94.

Lei, Zhang. “An Analysis of Aesthetic Features of Edward Lear’s Nonsense Verse.” The World Literature Criticism 2010-1 (2010).

Waltrick do Amarante, Dirce. “Edward Lear e seu ‘nonsense’ errante.” Aletria – Revista de Estudos de Literatura 20, no. 2 (2010): 133-39.

McCracken Peck, Robert. “The natural History of Edward Lear.” Harvard Library Bulletin 22, nos. 2-3 (2011): 1-68.

Mayo, Hope. “The Edward Lear Collection at Harvard University.” Harvard Library Bulletin 22, nos. 2-3 (2011): 69-124.

Duckworth, Stephen. “Edward Lear’s Cretan Drawings.” The New Griffon 12  (2011). Website.

Montgomery, Michael. The Owl and the Pussy Cats: Lear in Love, the Untold Story. Brighton: Pen Press, 2012.

Henchman, Anna. “Edward Lear Dismembered: Word Fragments and Body Parts.” Nineteenth-Century Contexts: An Interdisciplinary Journal 35.5 (2013): 479-87.

Varriano, John. “Edward Lear in Malta: New Revelations.” Treasures of Malta 58 (2013): 48-56.

Brown, Daniel. “Professionals and Amateurs, Work and Play: William Rowan Hamilton, Edward Lear and James Clerk Maxwell.” The Poetry of Victorian Scientists: Style, Science and Nonsense. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. 1-38. 

Byrne, Peter. “Pursuing Tennyson in Tight Shoes.” Able Muse: A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art 16 (2013): 89-99.

Finnerty, Páraic. “‘This Is the Sort of Fame for Which I Have Given My Life’: G.F. Watts, Edward Lear and Portraits of Fame and Nonsense.” Victorian Celebrity Culture and Tennyson’s Circle. Eds. Boyce, Charlotte, Páraic Finnerty and Anne-Marie Millim. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 53-96. 

5 Responses to Studies on Edward Lear

  1. Pingback: New Articles on Edward Lear | A Blog of Bosh

  2. Stephen Duckworth says:

    Stephen Duckworth has just had published : ‘Edward Lear’s Cretan Drawings’ in The New Griffon 12, published by The Gennadius Library, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Athens 2011

    Stephen Duckworth.
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  3. Peter Byrne says:

    “Able Muse, A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art”, #16, winter 2013, has published my article “Pursuing Tennyson in Tight Shoes,” pages 89-99. Peter Byrne

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