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More Edward Lear Online from Houghton

A quick note on new Edward Lear materials which Houghton Library have placed online: Studies of palm trees. 1876. TypDr 805.L513.76p (1-8). Poems and songs by Alfred Tennyson / set to music, and inscribed to Mrs. Alfred Tennyson by Edward … Continue reading

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The Beatles and Edward Lear

The first sign of the metamorphosis that was under way in the Beatles’ music came on the group’s first single of 1966, “Paperback Writer” b/w “Rain,” a record that recalled “Can’t Buy Me Love” b/w “You Can’t Do That” in its … Continue reading

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Spike Milligan’s Musical Interlude with Edward Lear

Charles Newington: “A Musical Interlude With Mr Edward Lear,” circa 2001. A folio of seventeen aquatints, each signed by the artist and inscribed in pencil: Artists Proof for Spike Milligan, the majority also titled, together with CD and other related items, … Continue reading

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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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