Three New Pieces of Nonsense by Edward Lear

The latest TLS (no. 6169 of 25 June 2021) contains three new Nonsense compositions by Edward Lear, found by Amy Wilcockson and Edmund Downey among the papers in the Charnwood Autograph Collection, British Library Add MS 70949, f. 239, f. 243 and ff. 244-5.

One is a never before seen limerick:

Another poem, “Lays of the Octopods (The Last of the Octopods),” the editors had already published in Notes & Queries last year.

The third item is a letter, with a self caricature which is not reproduced in the paper, unfortunately. The issue of the TLS also contains an article by Thomas Dilworth on a “viral” limerick.

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