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The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense (1947)

by Edward Lear

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Everyone likes a limerick every once in a while, but reading all of Edward Lear's limericks in a sitting is too much of a good thing. For one thing, none of them are particularly memorable, and after a while they become tedious. Granted, they were written for children, so there are no "there once was a girl from Nantucket..." type limericks, but still I expected to find some that were so clever, they would stick in my brain. As to his tales, "The Owl and the Pussycat" is the most well-known, but "The Two Old Bachelors" and "The New Vestments" are worth a reading just for the creepiness of them. The rest are...well see the comments above about the limericks.
Contents: The Book of Nonsense, More Nonsense, Nonsense Songs: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat; The Duck and the Kangaroo; The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly; The Jumblies; The Nutcrackers and the Sugar-Tongs; Calico Pie; Mr. and Mrs. Spikey Sparrow; The Broom, The Shovel, the Poker and the Tongs; The Table and the Chair; The Dong with the Luminous Nose; The Two Old Bachelors; The Pelican Chorus; The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo; The Pobble Who Has No Toes; the New Vestments; Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos--First Part; Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos--Second Part; the Quangle Wangle's Hat; The Cummerbund; The Akond of Swat; Incidents in the Life of my Uncle Arly; Eclogue; Nonsense Stories and Alphabets: The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World; The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple; Nonsense Alphabets; Nonsense Cookery; The Heraldic Blazon of Foss the Cat ( )
  Marse | Dec 5, 2012 |
My son bought me this Folio Society edition for a recent birthday, no doubt remembering the tape we had many years ago of Alan Bennett's delightful rendering of the nonsense stories.
Lear's own illustrations have been specially coloured for this edition, and it is in a special matching slipcase.
How pleasant to know Mr Lear.
  PollyMoore3 | Nov 11, 2012 |
Doesn't get any better than this ( )
  ChrisWarren | Dec 10, 2010 |
A collection of silly poems.
  danielleburry | Aug 5, 2010 |
poems speak to "outsiders, others and the like"
  korneder | Feb 25, 2010 |
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It is believed that all save the youngest readers of these Nonsense books will be interested in the two following autobiographical letter by the author, which have never till now been published.
Edward Lear must always be regarded as one of the most curious figures in English Literature.
There was a Young Person of Bantry,
Who frequently slept in the pantry;
When disturbed by the mice,
She appeased them with rice,
That judicious Young Person of Bantry.
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The absurd and fanciful verses of Edward Lear-from "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" to "The Jumblies," from "The Scroobious Pip" to countless limericks-have enchanted generations of readers, children and adults alike. This delightful collection, the most comprehensive ever compiled of his work, presents all of Lear's verse and other nonsense writings, including stories, letters, and illustrated alphabets, as well as previously unpublished material. Featuring Lear's own line drawings throughout and an introduction by leading Lear authority Vivien Noakes, this captivating volume reveals a complex man of ample talents, achievements, and influence-and is teeming with timeless nonsense.

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YA. This edition of Lear's work contains all the verse and stories of The Book of Nonsense , More Nonsense , Nonsense Songs , Nonsense Stories and Nonsense Alphabets and Nonsense Cookery. 11 yrs+

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