New Edward Lear Resources

Just a quick post to mention a few new resources relating to Edward Lear:

Finally, if you are lucky enough to be in the UK, why not see King Pelican, a new play by Chris Goode on Edward Lear at the Drum Theatre in Plymouth:

London, 1861. Years before starting to write his nonsense verses (most famously The Owl and the Pussycat), Edward Lear is a struggling landscape painter, hoping to secure his reputation with a series of giant canvases.

But for Lear – epileptic, queer, lonely and beset by illness – things are never easy, and the declining health of his beloved sister Ann brings further cause for concern.

Then, into his studio one day walks a boy with a parcel to deliver…

Chris Goode’s haunting new play, made especially for the Drum, is a tender, offbeat fantasy about one of Victorian literature’s best-loved but least-known figures.

King Pelican

By the way, BBC Radio 4 broadcast The Need for Nonsense on 9 February, also a play on Lear’s relationship with his servant Giorgio. Unfortunately, it is no longer available in the Listen Again section of the site.

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