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And What About Charles?

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] The 18th son Charles had an interesting story, he became medical Missionary and went to the West coast of Africa, was a great favourite of the Chiefs, and when he nearly died of malaria, … Continue reading

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“Twentieth of Twenty-one”: Edward Lear and his Siblings (3)

[Part 1] [Part 2] The Lears were non-conformists and had their children baptized at the Meeting House at Haberdashers’ Hall by Pastor Joseph Brooksbank, and all the children who reached adulthood, except Charles, appear in the “Register of Births and … Continue reading

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“Twentieth of Twenty-one”: Edward Lear and his Siblings (2)

[Part 1] [Part 3] A second group of family documents is located at the National Art Library in London, “Papers of Ellen Newsom (Née Lear) and her family, 1795-1884,” (Manuscript MSL/1985/3) which includes several items relating to the family, among … Continue reading

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“Twentieth of Twenty-one”: Edward Lear and his Siblings (1)

“Twentieth of twenty-one children” must be the most-often-repeated phrase in discussions of Edward Lear’s early life: no biographical sketch omits the snippet; but, did Jeremiah and Ann Lear really have so many children? Families of such size were not uncommon … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Quakers, and the Old Man of Jamaica

Karen Sands-O’Connor. Children’s Publishing and Black Britain, 1965-2015. New York: Springer, 2017, p. 11: As I have suggested elsewhere (Sands-O’Connor, 2008:38-39), Edward Lear, in 1846, included a Jamaican in his Book of Nonsnse (Jamaica being handily rhymed with Quaker); his … Continue reading

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New to Read

I have added a number of items to the bibliographies: Zirker, Angelika. “Don’t Play with Your Food? – Edward Lear’s Nonsense Cookery and Limericks.” The Pleasures and Horrors of Eating: The Cultural History of Eating in Anglophone Literature. Eds. Gymnich, … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Canadian Cousins

[The following is from Steve Uglow’s research on Edward Lear’s family: I posted the first part, on Frederick Harding, a couple of months ago as part of  a discussion of some family portraits.] The references to cousin Caroline Jones in … Continue reading

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