Category Archives: Podcasts

The Earliest Recording of The Owl and the Pussy-cat

The Library of Congress has just launched a new site, National Jukebox, which makes historical recordings available. Among the many jewels is also the Haydn Quartet version of “The Owl and the Pussy-cat.” In a previous post, I had dated … Continue reading

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More Mr. Lear

Here is another song from the Mr. Lear show in Paris, and an invitation for tomorrow’s performance:

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Il libro esplosivo

My Italian translation of Peter Newell’s Rocket Book, Il libro esplosivo, has been out for some time now. The publisher, orecchio acerbo, have a beautiful book trailer on YouTube: While you are there, don’t miss the short for Stefano Benni’s … Continue reading

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Edward Lear's Nervous Family

Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library has scans of a few of their Edward Lear manuscripts online; the small collection includes self-caricatures taken from letters and original cartoons for the Nonsense Botanies, but also the full manuscript of … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Edward Lear

You may remember that a few months ago I posted on a projected TV series on Edward Lear’s journey through Albania in 1848. A promo of the documentary is now available on YouTube.

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The Gashlycrumb Tinies

On YouTube, a nice animation based on Edward Gorey’s The Gashlycrumb Tinies, by Matt Duplessie of Clandestiny:

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat: A New Arrangement

Sumanguru Gyra Jones, from Somewhere West of the Everglades, proposes his own arrangement of Edward Lear’s poem: Download He also has an arrangement of Lewis Carroll’s “The Jabberwocky”:

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At long last I have managed to see an episode of Tomfoolery, the 1970-1971 Rankin-Bass show based upon the nonsensical verse and whimsical characters of authors such as Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, Frank Gelett Burgess, and Lewis Carroll. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin

Korean composer Unsuk Chin‘s opera based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland was premiered on 30 June at the Munich festival and has been favourably reviewed in the Guardian and the Los Angeles Times. More information, including a photogallery and … Continue reading

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Another Owl and Pussy-Cat Reading

Edward Lear’s most famous poem is performed by the “amazing” Kazzy, with limited animation: The Owl and the PussycatCaricato da norrisnuvo

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