Category Archives: Edward Lear

New about Edward Lear

Daniel Karlin reviews Jenny Uglow’s Mr. Lear in this week’s TLS; while his final opinion is largely positive, Uglow has something interesting to say on almost every facet of Lear’s life and work, taken individually. When she gets off the … Continue reading

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Three Limerick Drawings by Edward Lear

Three original pen & ink drawings by Edward Lear, taken from ‘A Book of Nonsense,’ first published in 1846. The drawings have been examined and fully authenticated as Lear’s work by the late Vivien Noakes, the world expert on Edward … Continue reading

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The Animal World of Edward Lear

In her new biography of Edward Lear Jenny Uglow observes that “when he was low Lear always felt closer to the animals than to the smart people around him” (p. 229) and she has now expanded on the idea in … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Food

You would think that writing over 500 essential pages on Edward Lear should have been enough for Jenny Uglow who, not thinking so, has a long article on food in Lear on the Times Literary Supplement website entitled “Full of Veal-Cutlets and … Continue reading

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Jenny Uglow’s Edward Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

Another biography of Edward Lear! One could be excused for reacting like this at the news of Jenny Uglow’s new book, after all there are at least five other easily available. Even though I had enjoyed all the books by … Continue reading

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Mary Crawford Fraser on Edward Lear

For some reason we were drawn to choose quite a new spot for our villegglatura in the summer of 1870, a retreat in the Maritime Alps, of which till then I had seen very little. I think the train took … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Copy of Tennyson’s Idylls of the King

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord IDYLLS OF THE KING. LONDON: BRADBURY AND EVANS FOR EDWARD MOXON & CO., 1859. 8vo (7 x 4 1/4 ins.; 171 x 109 mm). Eight-page publisher’s catalogue dated July 1859 bound  before front free endpaper; some minor … Continue reading

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