The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense

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Penguin Books, Limited, 2001 - Humor - 566 pages
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This volume, which contains material previously unpublished, presents all Lear's verse together with his other nonsense writing, including his stories, letters to children and several of his illustrated alphabets. For all the apparent simplicity of his work, Lear was a complex character, as Vivien Noake's illuminating introduction and extensive annotation make clear.

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User Review  - Clifton - Goodreads

Victorian humor at its best. Read full review

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User Review  - Bruce - Goodreads

Overall pretty good. I have to say though that the standards for what makes a good limerick have come a long way since Lear's time. Read full review

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Contents

Acknowledgements
xi
Edward Lear by W H Auden
xviii
Table of Dates
xxxv
Copyright

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About the author (2001)

Edward Lear was born in Holloway, England, to Jeremiah (a stockbroker) and Ann Lear, tutored at home by his sister, and briefly attended the Royal Academy schools. Both an author and an illustrator, he earned his living as an artist from the age of 15, mainly by doing landscapes. What he is remembered for is his nonsense books, especially his popularization of the limerick. Along with Lewis Carroll, he is considered to be the founder of nonsense poetry. In addition to his limericks, he created longer nonsense poems. The best---and best known---is The Jumblies, in which the title characters go to sea in a sieve; it is a brilliant, profound, silly, and sad expression of the need to leave the security of the known world and experience the wonder and danger of the unknown. His other most notable work is The Owl and the Pussy Cat, a less complex poem whose title characters also go to sea. Lear produced humorous alphabets and botany books as well. His wordplay, involving puns, neologisms, portmanteau words, and anticlimax, retains its vitality today and has influenced such contemporary writers of children's nonsense verse as Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, and Laura Richards

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