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Edward Lear Visits Captain Hornby

The following is one of Lear’s earliest autobiographical picture stories, from the mid 1830s according to Liebert (from whose book, Lear in the Original, the story is taken), but it was more probably drawn in 1841, when Lear was in England … Continue reading

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More Aspects of Edward Lear

The third part of Matthew Bevis’s series on Edward Lear  for the Houghton Library Blog is now online and discusses Lear’s relationship with birds, pelicans in particular. Please note there are TWO pages, the main text is in the sefcond … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Diaries & More Reading Material

The Houghton Library blog has posted the second part of Matt Bevis’s series on Edward Lear devoted to the importance of the diaries which, as I’m sure most of you know, are available online as images and partial transcripts. It seems … Continue reading

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Edward Lear Visits Beachy Head with His Sister Sarah

An Edward Lear picture story in 10 panels (nos. 5, 7 and 8 missing) relating an excursion with Lear’s sister Sarah Street. The pictures have been copied (or traced) from Lear’s presumably lost originals and bound with the typescript of … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Death Certificate

Federico Guida, who has just finished editing a forthcoming, illustrated book on Edward Lear’s stay in Corpo della Cava and the surrounding area (which will contain two essays of mine, btw) sends me a scan of Edward Lear’s Italian death … Continue reading

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A Little More to Read on Edward Lear

Cara Giaimo on Edward Lear as “a Teenage Parrot-Painting Prodigy” from Atlas Obscura. And Matthew Bevis’s long review of Jenny Uglow’s Mr Lear for the London Review of Books, vol. 39, no. 24 (only available to subscribers, unfortunately). I have also found out that many … Continue reading

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More to Read on Edward Lear &c.

Matthew Kerr reviews Jenny Uglow’s Mr. Lear for Apollo. Raffaella Antinucci has two articles on Nonsense and Edward Lear I’m not sure I mentioned before: “«Sensational nonsense»: Edward Lear and the (Im)purity of Nonsense Writing” English Literature 2.2 (2015). (download) … Continue reading

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More to Read on Edward Lear

Here is a review of Jenny Uglow’s biography from Country Life, 11 October 2017, p. 180: Barry Dicdcock’s review of the same book in the Herald Scotland. And Suzi Feay’s in the Financial Times. Anthony Madrid’s “On Edward Lear’s ‘The … Continue reading

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New about Edward Lear

Daniel Karlin reviews Jenny Uglow’s Mr. Lear in this week’s TLS; while his final opinion is largely positive, Uglow has something interesting to say on almost every facet of Lear’s life and work, taken individually. When she gets off the … Continue reading

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The Animal World of Edward Lear

In her new biography of Edward Lear Jenny Uglow observes that “when he was low Lear always felt closer to the animals than to the smart people around him” (p. 229) and she has now expanded on the idea in … Continue reading

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