Tag Archives: nonsense rhymes

Small Potatoes

Small Potatoes, by Mary G. Jones, ran in the New York Herald from 10 July to 6 September 1903; it was one of several nonsense-rhyme cartoons in the Sunday supplements of the early years of the 20th century. The strip above, … Continue reading

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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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The Gook

Gustave Verbeek‘s Loony Lyrics of Lulu, 17 July – 23 October 1910, presented an adventure of Lulu and her “papa” with a fantastic animal described in the last panel in a limerick composed by Lulu, a real tour de force, as … Continue reading

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Edible Clothes Redux

When I posted two of George Cruikshank’s caricatures which might have inspired Edward Lear in writing “The New Vestments” I forgot to link to this great article on Lear’s poem by Carol Rumens in the Guardian of 30 December 2013: Edward Lear’s The … Continue reading

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Bonnets

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

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Something to Read

The holidays are over, but if you are still looking for some good Edward Lear reading here is a list of relatively new items: John Varriano has a long article in the Christmas 2013 issue of Treasures of Malta on “Edward … 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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Edward Lear’s Last Poem

Below are a picture and a transcript of Edward Lear’s “Some Incidents in the Life of My Uncle Arly.” The manuscript was sold at Bonhams in May 2013 as part of the Roy Davids Collection. Part III. Poetry: Poetical Manuscripts … Continue reading

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A Choice Collection of Queens and Kings, and other Things

In February 2011 I posted a review of some Christmas books for 1874, “Nonsense for Big and Little Babies” from Judy. Among the books reviewed was A Choice Collection of Queens and Kings, and other Things by S.A. the Princess Hesse Schwartzbourg, … Continue reading

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Ye Ancient Fizzgiggious Fish

The fizzgiggious Fish, who always walked about upon Stilts, because he had no legs.   Hours of Joanna the Mad (Add MS 18852), a spectacular Book of Hours that was produced for Joanna of Castile (more frequently, and somewhat unfairly, … Continue reading

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