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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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Something to Read

I do not have much time for posting at the moment, but here are a few recent items that might be of interest: Peter Byrne has an interesting article on “Edward Lear of the Disappearing Nose” at Swans.com A short … Continue reading

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Vers nonsensiques (1)

I have already discussed a “comic strip” by George Du Maurier, The Egg Poacher: A Tale of Country Life, which appeared in Punch in 1869. A few years later Du Maurier was to prove his literary talent by producing a … 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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