Category Archives: Limerick

New Publications on Edward Lear (and more)

It’s been a long time since I updated the bibliographies, so here are quite a lot of items. Essays on Edward Lear: Walchester, Kathryn. “Non vedete. È una rivoluzione: Edward Lear Landscape Painter and Italy.” Journal of Tourism Consumption and … Continue reading

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Little Bits of Nonsense

Here is another sequence of illustrated limericks that appeared in the early American comics supplements, in this case in the Detroit Free Press of 22 November, 1902. I have been unable to find more instalments. Thanks to Sunday Press Books‘ Peter … Continue reading

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Irish Literary ‘Learics’

I have long thought that the word “learic” was an invention of modrn limerick scholars desperate to find a way to justify the word “limerick,” whose origin as it is applied to Edward Lear’s nonsenses is mysterious, but here is … Continue reading

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An Early Limerick Manuscript

Manuscript. An illustrated book of limericks, circa 1865, 32pp., each with large illustration and limerick beneath in brown ink, some spotting and marks, paper watermarked ‘T & J H 1865’, sheet size 14 x 23cm (5.5 x 9ins), stitching broken … Continue reading

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Midsummer Readings

Jagger, Jasmine. “Lear’s Tears.” Victorian Poetry 57.1 (2019). 101-129. And: Jagger, Jasmine. “The Endlessness of Alice.” The Cambridge Quarterly 45.1 (2016). 91-97. Caniglia, Maria Rossana, and Maria Concetta Fiorillo. “Disegno e narrazione in alcune vedute calabresi di Edward Lear.” ArcHistoR EXTRA … Continue reading

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Tom Gauld’s Limerick

Source.

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Cuthbert Bede’s Limericks

BEDE, Cuthbert, pseud. (Edward Bradley) & HOW, William Walsham, Bishop of Wakefield. (A Collection of 24 Manuscript Limericks, each with an original ink illustration by Cuthbert Bede.) 4to. [1846] Full red roan, blind borders; rather rubbed. The volume contains a note … Continue reading

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More Wheelbarrows!

There was a young woman of Harrow Who always rode in a wheelbarrow Her weight was so great She came out of it straight That jolly young woman of Harrow. See here, here, and here. This one is from: The … Continue reading

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A Limerick by Toti Scialoja

From C’è qualcuno che sa leggere? the new children’s literature supplement of the Sole 24 Ore of 20 November 2016. More on Toti Scialoja.

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After Edward Lear

Group of three drawings with limericks, c1880. All in pen and ink, annotated either “5”, “10” or “11” in pencil in upper right corner, 18.7 x 26.7cm (paper). Stains, foxing and soiling overall, tears to edges, portions of paper corroded … Continue reading

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