Category Archives: Lewis Carroll

WS Gilbert’s Nonsense Poems

W.S. Gilbert never really wrote Nonsense; his Bab Ballads and other collections, while obviously influenced by Edward Lear ― especially in the strongly caricatural style of the pictures accompanying his poems in the early editions – are rather in the … Continue reading

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Gustave Verbeek’s Cruel Tales and the Nonsense Tradition

[I wrote this short article for The Upside-Down World of Gustave Verbeek: The Complete Sunday Comics 1903-1905, edited by Peter Maresca, foreword by Martin Gardner. Palo Alto, CA: Sunday Press Books, 2009, where it appeared under the title "Verbeek's Loony Lyrics … Continue reading

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Unnatural History Lessons

The early newspaper comic supplements used a wide variety of materials to fill their pages, among them alphabets — which could be put to several uses: satiric or purely nonsensical — seem to have been particularly appreciated. Here is an … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading

Here are some links to articles on Edward Lear and nonsense for your weekend reading: Francesca Bombassei Gonella. “‘Everything’s Got a Moral, If Only You Can Fint It’: Modernità, interculturalità e sovversione del canone nella letteratura vittoriana per l’infanzia: Lewis … Continue reading

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Something to Read

I do not have much time for posting at the moment, though I regularly update the list of events for the 2012 bicentenary. Here are a few interesting items on Edward Lear and nonsense in general: “Jumblies and Jabberwockies. The … Continue reading

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Children’s Books for Christmas 1871

Sing-Song: a Nursery-rhyme Book. By Christina G. Rossetti. With 120 Illustrations by Arthur Hughes. Routledge. The Princess and the Goblin. By George Macdonald. Strahan. Through the Looking-glass, and what Alice saw there. By the Author of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. … Continue reading

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Nonsense for Chrismas 1874

On 16 December 1874, Judy ran a review of nursery rhyme books, which includes a reference to Edward Lear. He is mentioned as the author of… Alice in Wonderland. While I have often received e-mails asking about the famous poems … Continue reading

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The Day of the Wombat

Peacay of BibliOdyssey posts “some delightful scratchy illustrations from the 1962 book by Ruth Park, ‘The Adventures of the Muddle-headed Wombat’” in honour of Australia Day. So here is my homage. Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s lament for the death of his … Continue reading

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Mr Leer, Humpty Dumpty and Finnegan

There is an interesting article in the the London Review of Books (vol. 32, no. 24, 16 December 2010), “Quashed Quotatoes,” in which Michael Wood reviews a new edition of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. The opening paragraphs discuss Joyce’s debt … Continue reading

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The Frog and the Duck: A Romance

George du Maurier “took, in 1869-1870, a brief Darwinian respite from his usual labors of satirizing the Victorian drawing room” and, among other things, produced an “unusually extensive and charmingly anthropomorphic picture-story” (Kunzle 293), which appeared in three fortnightly instalments … Continue reading

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