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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 (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Owl and the Pussycat 1,278 copies, 14 reviews
The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense 1,145 copies, 15 reviews
A Was Once an Apple Pie 727 copies, 12 reviews
A Book of Nonsense 597 copies, 17 reviews
An Edward Lear Alphabet 226 copies, 12 reviews
The Quangle Wangle's Hat 197 copies, 7 reviews
The Owl and the Pussycat 187 copies, 5 reviews
The Jumblies 173 copies, 2 reviews
Nonsense Songs 111 copies, 2 reviews
Edward Lear's Nonsense Omnibus 109 copies, 1 review
Nonsense Poems 102 copies, 1 review
Edward Lear's Nonsense Books 97 copies, 1 review
The Scroobious Pip (Author) 89 copies, 3 reviews
The Owl and the Pussycat [Beck] 84 copies, 2 reviews
The Owl and the Pussycat 66 copies, 1 review
Nonsense Songs and Stories 43 copies, 1 review
Gorey x 3 (Author) 38 copies
Nonsense! 34 copies, 3 reviews
The Duck and the Kangaroo 26 copies, 1 review
ABC 20 copies
Teapots and Quails 20 copies, 1 review
Edward Lear : selected letters (Author; Author) 19 copies
Limericks 15 copies, 1 review
Whizz! 14 copies, 1 review
The Cretan journal 11 copies, 1 review
A Book of Learned Nonsense 11 copies, 1 review
A Book of Lear 10 copies
More Nonsense 9 copies
Edward Lear's Nonsense Verse 7 copies, 2 reviews
Nonsense Book 3 copies
Fabuleario 3 copies
Disparatario 2 copies
Edward Lear's Cats 1 copy, 1 review
Favorite Poems of Childhood (Contributor) 667 copies, 1 review
The Nation's Favourite Poems (some editions) 568 copies, 7 reviews
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (Contributor) 469 copies, 11 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (Contributor, some editions) 466 copies, 1 review
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (Contributor) 452 copies, 4 reviews
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (Contributor, some editions) 404 copies, 1 review
The Lure of the Limerick (Illustrator) 254 copies, 7 reviews
The Literary Cat (Contributor) 217 copies
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