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Edward Lear (1812–1888)

Author of The Owl and the Pussycat (Jan Brett)

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About the Author

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 show more 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) show less
Image credit: Engraved by Andrew from a photograph taken in San Remo, by Roncarolo.

Works by Edward Lear

A Was Once an Apple Pie (1992) 893 copies
A Book of Nonsense (1846) 679 copies
An Edward Lear Alphabet (1952) 252 copies
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat (1870) 235 copies
The Quangle Wangle's Hat (1876) 221 copies
The Jumblies (1968) 208 copies
Nonsense Poems (1994) 132 copies
Nonsense Songs (1907) 123 copies
The Scroobious Pip (1776) 101 copies
The Owl and the Pussycat (1991) 80 copies
Nonsense Songs and Stories (1984) 46 copies
Gorey x 3 (1953) — Author — 42 copies
The Pobble Who Has No Toes (1968) 42 copies
Owls and Pussycats (1988) 39 copies
Nonsense! (1998) 38 copies
The Duck and the Kangaroo (2009) 29 copies
Edward Lear : selected letters (1988) — Author; Author — 24 copies
Teapots and Quails (1953) 24 copies
The Owl and the Pussycat (2008) 22 copies
ABC (1986) 21 copies
Of Pelicans and Pussycats (1990) 19 copies
Il libro dei nonsense (1970) 17 copies
Limericks (1965) 17 copies
The New Vestments (1970) 17 copies
Nonsense Alphabets (1975) 15 copies
Whizz! (1973) 15 copies
A Book of Learned Nonsense (1987) 13 copies
The Family of Parrots (1997) 13 copies
The Poetry of Edward Lear (2019) 12 copies
The Cretan journal (1984) 12 copies
Laughable Lyrics (2008) 12 copies
More Nonsense (2008) 11 copies
A Book of Lear (1939) 11 copies
The Two Old Bachelors (1962) 9 copies
Lear's Nonsense Verses (1967) 9 copies
Two Laughable Lyrics (1966) 9 copies
For Lovers of Cats (1978) 8 copies
So Much Nonsense (2007) 6 copies
Sämtliche Limericks. (1988) 5 copies
Nonsense Book (1956) 4 copies
Edward Lear's Tennyson (1988) 4 copies
Nonsense Alphabet Gb (1973) 4 copies
Bosh and Nonsense (1982) 3 copies
Fabuleario (1993) 3 copies
Edward Lear's Cats (2020) 3 copies
a book of limericks (2015) 2 copies
Edward Lear in Corsica (1966) 2 copies
The Book of Nonsense (2015) 2 copies
bon appétit ! (2007) 2 copies
Calico Pie 2 copies
El Omnibus, Sin Sentido (1972) 2 copies
Disparatario (2002) 2 copies
Sverchok na nosu (2017) 1 copy
Kniga bez smysla (2007) 1 copy
Phantastische Reise (1973) 1 copy
Learicks 1 copy
Limerickar (2022) 1 copy
Un livre a-sensé (2009) 1 copy
BUHO Y LA GATITA EL (1997) 1 copy
A Bit of Nonsense (2005) 1 copy
Poèmes sans sens (1993) 1 copy
Nonsense Verses (2019) 1 copy
Nonsense Songs (1965) 1 copy
NONSENSE SONGS. (1939) 1 copy

Associated Works

Eric Carle's Animals Animals (1989) — Contributor — 2,198 copies
Favorite Poems of Childhood (1992) — Contributor — 822 copies
The Nation's Favourite Poems (1996) — some editions — 624 copies
The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (2001) — Contributor — 546 copies
A Treasury of the World's Best Loved Poems (1961) — Contributor — 524 copies
The Mammoth Book of Comic Fantasy (1998) — Contributor, some editions — 503 copies
A Pocket Book of Modern Verse (1954) — Contributor, some editions — 443 copies
In the Nursery (1932) — Contributor — 287 copies
The Lure of the Limerick (1964) — Illustrator — 271 copies
The Literary Cat (1977) — Contributor — 241 copies
Best Remembered Poems (1992) — Contributor — 159 copies
Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense (2017) — Illustrator — 156 copies
The Faber Book of Beasts (1997) — Contributor — 141 copies
Poems of Early Childhood (Childcraft) (1923) — Contributor — 119 copies
The Standard Book of British and American Verse (1932) — Contributor — 116 copies
Best in Children's Books 17 (1959) 78 copies
The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children (1994) — Contributor — 72 copies
Best in Children's Books 03 (1957) 68 copies
Best in Children's Books 38 (1960) 66 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fairy Tales (1997) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Nile: The Blue Nile & The White Nile (1966) — Cover artist — 49 copies
A Golden Land (1958) — Contributor; Illustrator — 42 copies
366 Goodnight Stories (1963) — Contributor — 37 copies
A Book of Nonsense (1956) — Contributor — 34 copies
Art for Children (Childcraft) (1954) — Illustrator — 33 copies
Journeys Through Bookland - Volume I (1909) — Author, some editions — 30 copies
A Book of Nonsense (1927) — Contributor — 30 copies
100 Story Poems (1951) — Contributor — 21 copies
Bright Red (1994) — Composer — 15 copies
Poems of Magic and Spells (1960) — Contributor — 14 copies
Graphic Classics: Canine/Feline Classics (2014) — Contributor — 12 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 3, November 1974 (1974) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cats: Fifteen Complete Stories and Poems (1998) — Contributor — 5 copies
Galaxy (1970) — Contributor — 3 copies
Edward Lear (Holloway 1812-Sanremo 1888) — Photographer — 1 copy
Eureka: Poetry and criticism, March 1974, vol.6 no.3 (1974) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Edward Lear almost never fails to put a smile on my face. Though, his recipes are rather vicious...

"When the paste is perfectly dry, but not before, proceed to beat the Pig violently, with the handle of a large broom. If he squeals, beat him again." - Quote from TO MAKE GOSKY PATTIES
 
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eurydactyl | 18 other reviews | Jul 20, 2023 |
A delightful book of nonsensical poems. Many will probably know of The Owl and the Pussy Cat, given that the poem was given beautiful illustrations by Jan Brett (although the illustrations in this book are lovely as well. The poems in the book have a wonderful singsong quality to them that makes them fun to read and I think would delight kids. The only issue is that the book does show its age some with depictions of POC. It's only one poem, but the depiction was a bit insensitive for my taste. Overall, most of the poems are fun to read and have a sense of adventure to them. An additional bonus is that you can read it for free on Project Gutenburg!… (more)
 
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AvidLearner | 2 other reviews | Jul 4, 2023 |
It is the illustrations that make me love this version best.
 
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Eurekas | 6 other reviews | Apr 12, 2023 |
Many of the Limericks are fun, notably those featuring Birds,

but this is not a book for kids or sensitive adults = too much violence, Killing, death, and animal cruelty.
 
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m.belljackson | 18 other reviews | Oct 19, 2022 |

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