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Harriott Lear’s Death Certificate

Jo Fitz-Henry kindly sent me Harriott Lear’s death registration from the Scotland’s People website. She died of “chronic bronchitis” at Cherry Bank, Perth, on 16 July 1859 and was buried in Wellshill Cemetery in Perth. No members of the family … Continue reading

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Yale’s Edward Lear Archive

Stephen Duckworth informs me of an interesting archive at Yale: The Yale Center for British Art has long been known for having the second largest collection of Lear drawings in the world, after the Houghton Library at Harvard. Most of … Continue reading

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An Exile in Paradise: The Adventures of Edward Lear

Derek Smith recently uploaded the three episodes of An Exile in Paradise: The Adventures of Edward Lear to YouTube. A three part series In 1848 Edward Lear, writer and illustrator of nonsense verse, set out on an epic journey through … Continue reading

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Victorian Poetry Issue on Edward Lear

The summer 2020 issue of Victorian Poetry (Volume 58, Number 2), edited by Jasmine Jaegger and Benjamin Westwood, is entirely devoted to Edward Lear. Here is the table of contents: Introduction: New Work on Edward Lear, Jasmine Jagger, Benjamin Westwood, … Continue reading

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Late Summer Reading

Uglow, Jenny. “The Quangle Wangle’s Hat: Edward Lear in the Villa Emily, San Remo.” Lives of Houses. Eds. Kennedy, Kate and Hermione Lee. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2020. 95-108. Swaab, Peter. “Edward Lear’s Travels in Nonsense and Europe.” … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Kleptomania

Edward Lear Was haunted by a fear While travelling in Albania Of contracting kleptomania. W.H. Auden, Academic Graffiti (1971). More here. I just learned about this clerihew from the latest issue of the TLS.

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Two Events with Edward Lear’s Music

This October Sara Lodge has organized two events on Edward Lear’s music, a central subject of her recent Inventing Edward Lear (recently reviewed in The TLS together with James Williams’s book on Edward Lear). Edward Lear’s Bongs, Dongs and Songs … Continue reading

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Edward Lear, Letter to Mrs Bond

Lear (Edward, 1812-1888). Autograph letter in the third person, 65 Oxford Terrace, Hyde Park, circa 1853, to Mrs Bond, thanking her ‘for a very obliging letter, & also for the Post Office order for 8 shillings. The set of songs … Continue reading

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Civitella Gazette

BM 1975,0920.13. ©Trustees of the British Museum Penry Williams, “Civitella Gazette”, view of the Serpentara; a group of artists, including Samuel and Hannah Palmer and Albin Martin, sketching in a landscape. 1839 Pen and brown ink. “Mr. Lear” is the … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and the Classics

It is well know that Edward Lear did not have a formal education, a fact that he apparently did not consider a limitation as he thought that it had left him with a curiosity to know new things that lacked … Continue reading

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