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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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The Akond Illustrated

Several months ago Amit Sheokand sent me the image below, showing manuscript illustrations for Edward Lear’s The Akond of Swat: It is from a diary by one Ellen Burchett and has autographs by various people from 1923-1930. Amit, whowould like more … Continue reading

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Retrospection: On Lear’s Irish Sources Again

Earth has no green such as once it wore, When my young life with love was crowned; And the very breeze, thro’ the summer trees, Comes with a ’plaining sound. When I hear the glad shouts of revelry To the … Continue reading

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Santa Claus, Jr.

I thought I would keep this for Christmas, but since Edward Lear’s Diaries are taking so much of my time and I’m working on a long post I’m sure you will love, here comes: “Santa Claus, Jr.” by Wallace Irwin, … Continue reading

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Peter Newell, Needledee and Needledum

Peter Newell, Needledee and Needledum: A Funnygraph Record by Peter Newell, from The Ladies’ World, April-May 1914.

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The Sprout and the Cabbage

The Sprout and the Cabbage went to sea In a suitable egg shell boat. The waves were so high They thought they would die, But viscosity kept them afloat. The sprout cried out: “Oh, Cabbage, my dear! Wrap your green … Continue reading

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The Frog and the Heron: A Different Sort of Romance

The following poem by Peter Newell,  in Harper’s Young People, vol. XIV, 1893, p. 824,  shows that the theme of interspecies sexual-sentimental relationships would be used at least until the end of the century. Given his choice of a title, … Continue reading

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The Sanity of Nonsense. Round the World with Edward Lear

Bidding a farewell to fiction Of the fashionable type, Whether based on drug-addiction, “Triangles” or merely tripe, Healthier recreation choosing, Simpler fare and better cheer, I propose to go a-cruising Round the world with Edward Lear. Tell me not the … Continue reading

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