Tag Archives: Limerick

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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Edward Lear in Spanish

A new translation of Edward Lear’s limericks, by Herrín Hidalgo, has just been published in Spain by Media Vaca: You can see some of the colorful pages here, read a short biography of Lear, and a special preface for children … Continue reading

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A Limerick by Toti Scialoja

From C’è qualcuno che sa leggere? the new children’s literature supplement of the Sole 24 Ore of 20 November 2016. More on Toti Scialoja.

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There was an Old Man with a Book

There was an old man with a Book — Who said, “Only look! Only look! — “Obsquation, — obsgration, — “At Waterloo station — Enquire if there ain’t such a book!” Limerick on the publication of Edward Lear’s Views in … Continue reading

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After Edward Lear

Group of three drawings with limericks, c1880. All in pen and ink, annotated either “5”, “10” or “11” in pencil in upper right corner, 18.7 x 26.7cm (paper). Stains, foxing and soiling overall, tears to edges, portions of paper corroded … Continue reading

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The Wisdom of Nonsense

WELL-TIMED nonsense is the divinest sense. In the current number of the Cornhill Magazine Canon Selwyn publishes some of the later letters of Edward Lear, and suggests that as the realm of sense is infinite, and as the realm of nonsense … Continue reading

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A Few Links

I have been checking and fixing a few links in the bibliography pages and added a new, interesting article to the Studies on Edward Lear page: Antinucci, Raffaella. “‘Sensational Nonsense.’ Edward Lear and the (Im)purity of Nonsense Writing.” English Literature … Continue reading

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