Category Archives: General

Cassowary vs Missionary

The tragic consequences of being a missionary in Timbuctoo were the subject of one of the infrequent comic strips in Punch (22 February 1868, vol. 54, pp. 80-1). The little poem around which the story turns is known in several … Continue reading

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The Ladies and Scott

Moonshine, a magazine established in 1879, published the following parody of Edward Lear’s “Akond of Swat” on 1 January 1898 (p. 2); it was prompted by the leading dramatic critic of its age Clement Scott’s assertion that “it was practically … Continue reading

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Peter Newell, Independence Day in the Country

Old Billy ushers in the day when in the early morn He winds a merry roundelay upon his crumpled horn. Peter Newell, from Harper’s Young People, vol. XV, No. 766, 3 July 1894, p. 616.

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Il libro esplosivo

My Italian translation of Peter Newell’s Rocket Book, Il libro esplosivo, has been out for some time now. The publisher, orecchio acerbo, have a beautiful book trailer on YouTube: While you are there, don’t miss the short for Stefano Benni’s … Continue reading

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Full Owl and Pussy-Cat from The Beano

On the Beano site you can now read the full comic-book adaptation of Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” by Hunt Emerson. The last page includes a short biography of the poet.

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A Photographer's Day Out… with Edward Lear

Nancy Hill, a photographer and writer as well as old time fan of Edward Lear’s nonsense, has a new site showcasing her photographic work. Of particular interest are two portfolios: Fools and Limericks.

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Animation Links

A few more interesting posts from the incredibly lively world of animation blogs: Michael Sporn has four new nonsense-related articles: Fantasia Program 1 & 2: a souvenir booklet sold with the initial roadshow presentation of Fantasia. Alices: on the clash … Continue reading

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Nonsense Poetry in Schools

A controversy seems to have been raised by the Ofsted report on poetry in schools, which maintains that British pupils are not prepared to appreciate classic poetry because of a focus on a few poems, which are considered not “genuinely … Continue reading

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Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer

Michael Sporn has published the second part of Errol LeCain’s illustrations for Mr. Mistoffelees with Mungojerrie and Rumpeltealzer, go see them! Also see previous post.

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The Illustrated Old Possum

Michael Sporn, of Splog, has a number of posts about illustrator Errol Le Cain, and among them two devoted to his illustrations to poems from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats: Growltiger’s Last Stand and Other Poems Mr. … Continue reading

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