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Not strange so blithesome I appear! I was brought up on Edward Lear

The following poem has been published on in William B. Osgood Field’s Edward Lear on My Shelves (p. 158). Osgood Field found it in a copy of Edward Lear’s 1871 Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets: A fly-leaf obviously from another copy, … Continue reading

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The First English Limerick?

The text set as No. XXII in Michael East’s Second Set of Madrigals 1606 is an almost perfect limerick (East, xii and 115-20; Fellowes, 91{1}); a fact which I believe has not been noted before. The piece runs: O metaphysical … Continue reading

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Gerace Celebrates Edward Lear

I found this article only a few days ago: it reports that Gerace, a small town in Calabria, put up a plaque last June to celebrate Edward Lear’s two visits to the town. Here is a photograph: The plaque reads: … Continue reading

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Slingsby’s Ode to Nonsense

Ode to Nonsense, the first opera devoted to Edward Lear’s life, will premiere at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 26 April, and will be on until 4 May. You should watch the Making-of videos on Vimeo (Episode 1, Episode 2), as … Continue reading

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Parrots, Music, and More

Robert Peck has kindly obtained permission to upload his article on Edward Lear’s ornithological illustrations from the latest issue of Landscope (vol. 28 no. 2, summer 2012-13): A Passion for Parrots (pdf file, 1.19MB). A great Christmas present for all … Continue reading

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The Nonsense Songs of Edward Lear – A Song-Cycle

I am terribly late announcing this, but I hope many of will be able to attend. The Nonsense Songs Of Edward Lear – A Song-Cycle By David Lawrence The first performance of this work, composed to mark the 200th anniversary … Continue reading

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Music and Dance for Edward Lear

If you are in Oxford for the Edward Lear Bicentennial Conference (two days left to register), you might like to attend Nonsense: with Michael Rosen and The Homemade Orchestra at the Story Museum, on 21 September, 6-7.30 pm. An evening … Continue reading

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