A book of bosh: lyrics and prose of Edward Lear

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Puffin Books, 1975 - Humor - 216 pages
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Contents

Preface
7
Deny down Derry
15
Birds and Beasticles
59
Paraphernalia
73
Mrs Jayphcrs Wisdom
89
Abstemious Asses Zealous Zebras and others
101
Two Stories
135
An Episode of Noses
155
Two Tales of the Jumblies
165
The Lonely Shore
175
Some Incidents in the Life of Edward Lear
187
Receipt for Sauces
214
A ckno wledgements
216
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About the author (1975)

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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