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George Cruikshank, Undeviating Rectitude, 1819. British Museum images.

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Desperate Remedies: A Punch Limerick

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George Carlson’s Old Person of Ware

  George Carlson, from Puzzle-Fun Comics, no. 1, Spring 1946. On Carlson see the long two-part essay by Paul Tumey: part 1, part 2.

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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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Dancing Monstrosities

In a previous post I showed that Edward Lear was probably at least partially indebted to George Cruikshank for the frequently recurring osmosis between humans and animals, and I posted Cruiskhank’s Montrosities of 1821 as an example of extremely caricatural … Continue reading

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W.S.’s Bosh

In a previous post, The Father of Nonsense, I published an 1877 letter in which Edward Lear thanked one W.S. for the dedication of a Book of Bosh, usually taken to be The Book of Bosh. With which are incorporated some amusing and instructive … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Pornographer?

Several months ago, Nina Bouri, who kindly does the Greek transcripts and translations for the Edward Lear’s Diaries blog, e-mailed me about a short story by poet/writer/translator Theofilos D. Frangopoulos (1923 – 1998) about his cousin, Theofilos K. Frangopoulos, a … Continue reading

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The Father of Nonsense

Here is an interesting letter that was offered for sale at Bonhams in 2008; as far as I can see it is still available through AbeBooks sellers, which is where I got the small images: The letter reads: 8. Duchess … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Bust Unveiled in Corfu (and a limerick!)

A bust of Edward Lear was unveiled at the Cavalieri Hotel in Corfu on 24 May. The article also mentions an Edward Lear society I had never heard of before. Here is a picture of the bust by Franco-Hellenic sculptor … Continue reading

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Mademoiselle Cinderellephant

Here is a nice adventure of Gustave Verbeek‘s Tiny Tads, from the Boston Sunday Post of 13 July 1913: Peter Maresca’s Sunday Press has published The Upside-Down World of Gustave Verbeek (for which I wrote an article I’ll post here … Continue reading

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