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Uncle Arly’s Tune (and a New Lear Self-Caricature)

In a recent post celebrating Edward Lear’s 204th brithday on the Untold Lives blog at the British Library Alexandra Ault, Curator of Manuscripts and Archives 1601-1850, posts a nice self-caricature of Lear and his cat Foss from a letter to … Continue reading

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John Lennon, Edward Lear, and Nonsense

An English exercise book from his junior year at Quarry Bank—neatly covered in brown paper and titled MY ANTHOLOGY—demonstrates what pains he [John Lennon] would take if his enthusiasm were aroused. Quotations from classic poems like Longfellow’s Song of Hiawatha … Continue reading

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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 was published 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, with yellow recto … 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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