Letters of Edward Lear: Author of "The Book of Nonsense," to Chichester Fortescue, Lord Carlingford, and Frances, Countess Waldegrave

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T.F. Unwin, 1907 - Artists - 327 pages

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Page 159 - Surely in vain is the net spread in the sight of any bird," or, before the eyes of every thing that hath a wing, as in the original.
Page 315 - There was an Old Man who said, 'How, — shall I flee from this horrible Cow? I will sit on this stile, and continue to smile, Which may soften the heart of that Cow.
Page xxvii - I really don't know any author to whom I am half so grateful for my idle self as Edward Lear. I shall put him first of my hundred authors.
Page 285 - There was a Young Girl of Majorca, Whose aunt was a very fast walker; She walked seventy miles, And leaped fifteen stiles, Which astonished that Girl of Majorca. There was an Old Man of...
Page 68 - I still hold to going to Palestine if possible. If I could but get myself comfortable and untwisted by the noisa & general discomfort of these houses, I think I could bring myself right yet, but I cannot tell. Sometimes I think I must begin another big picture, as I want something to gnash & grind my teeth on. If Helena Cortazzi had been here, it would have been useless to think of avoiding asking her to marry me, even had I never so little trust in the wisdom of such a step . . .'8 But if she had...
Page 6 - he is an extremely luminous & amiable brick, and I like him very much, & I suppose he likes me or he wouldn't take the trouble of knocking me up as he does, considering the lot of people he might take to instead.
Page 277 - I went into the city today, to put the ^125 I got • for the "Book of Nonsense" into the funds. It is doubtless a very unusual thing for an artist to put by money, for the whole way from Temple Bar to the Bank was crowded with carriages and people, — so immense a sensation did this occurrence make. And all the way back it was the same, which was very gratifying.
Page 146 - I am almost thanking God that I was never educated, for it seems to me that 999 of those who are so, expensively and laboriously, have lost all before they arrive at my age — and remain like Swift's Strulbruggs — cut and dry for life, making no use of their earlier-gained treasures: whereas, I seem to be on the threshold of knowledge.
Page 188 - Egyptian Sepulchres and Syrian Shrines, including some stay in the Lebanon, at Palmyra, and in Western Turkey," 1861, by Emily Beaufort, the daughter of the distinguished geographer.
Page 41 - Ayioc'Opoc for any money, so gloomy, so shockingly unnatural, so lonely, so lying, so unatonably odious seems to me all the atmosphere of such monkery. That half of our species which it is natural to every man to cherish & love best, ignored, prohibited and abhorred...

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