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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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Edward Lear and Charles Kingsley

From Notes and Queries, n.s. 16.6 (Vol. 214), June 1969, pp. 216-217: An Edward Lear Letter to Charles Kingsley Apparently, Edward Lear and Charles Kingsley never became personally acquainted. No records are presently known to attest sucha relationship. However, after … Continue reading

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Northrop Frye on Edward Lear and the Limerick

From Northrop Frye’s 1932 Notebook: July 23 I read a book on the limerick the other day by some supercilious ass who talked about Edward Lear as a pioneer but a childish and inane primitive because his first and last … Continue reading

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George C. Chappelle, ‘Twas Ever Thus

George C. Chappelle, “‘Twas Ever Thus.” Sculpture by Gilbert White. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 6, September 1905, p. 773.

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Peter Newell, The Educated Love Bird

Peter Newell, “The Educated Love Bird.” The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 6, September 1905, p. 715.

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Carolyn Wells, The Scientific Goose

Carolyn Wells, “The Scientific Goose.” Illustrated by J.M. Condé. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 3, June 1905, p. 3377.

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Christmas Holiday Reading Online

Several new books by Edward Lear are now available in full online; of particular interest: Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense. First Edition. London: T. McLean, 1846. [Florida State University Digital Library] Lear, Edward. A Book of Nonsense. Third Edition. … Continue reading

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