Tag Archives: Lewis Carroll

Nonsense Programmes

As usual for the Christmas period, the BBC has a few Nonsense-related programmes you can listen to while still available on iPlayer Radio: Drama of the Week, which you can download as a podcast, is Jeremy Iron’s reading of T.S. … Continue reading

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More Houghton Manuscripts

In his Course in Nonsense Tom Swifty comments on the feud between Learians and Carrollians: The nonsense of these two could not have been more different. We can make fun of rules by blithely ignoring them, like Lear, but also by … 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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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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Unnatural History Lessons

The early newspaper comic supplements used a wide variety of materials to fill their pages, among them alphabets — which could be put to several uses: satiric or purely nonsensical — seem to have been particularly appreciated. Here is an … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading

Here are some links to articles on Edward Lear and nonsense for your weekend reading: Francesca Bombassei Gonella. “‘Everything’s Got a Moral, If Only You Can Fint It’: Modernità, interculturalità e sovversione del canone nella letteratura vittoriana per l’infanzia: Lewis … Continue reading

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Children’s Books for Christmas 1871

Sing-Song: a Nursery-rhyme Book. By Christina G. Rossetti. With 120 Illustrations by Arthur Hughes. Routledge. The Princess and the Goblin. By George Macdonald. Strahan. Through the Looking-glass, and what Alice saw there. By the Author of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland. … Continue reading

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