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An Edward Lear Alphabet, a Story and a Letter in Italian

The British Library website has published the manuscript of Edward Lear’s History of the Seven Families of Lake Pipple-Popple, which also contains a full Nonsense alphabet and another version of “High diddle diddle.” Add MS 47462: ‘Written & illustrated for Lady … 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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The Original Wheelbarrow Woman?

If you have been following this blog for some time you may have noticed how insanely partial I am to women who ride around in wheelbarrows, whether these are propelled by kind husbands or terrible devils. I have even posted … Continue reading

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Edward Lear: A Life in Pictures

Christmas came early this year for me; last night I received an e-mail informing me that European Comic Art, 12.2, with my article “Edward Lear: A Life in Pictures” (pp.  17-44) is now published and available online to subscribers. Here … Continue reading

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Repeated Nonsense: A Learesque Manuscript

Ekaterina Shatalova (see here) sends the description of a manuscript copying several of Edward Lear’s limericks together with pictures; here they are: A rather delightful album of 15 original ink drawings repeating some of Lear’s limericks from Book of Nonsense. … Continue reading

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The Harvard Library Bulletin on Edward Lear is Now Online

You can reach it from Matthew Bevis’s Aspects of Edward Lear (Part I), we’re looking forward to Part II then, or directly from here.

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September Readings

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has digitized its Edward Lear collection, which consists mostly of letters: 11 to William Holman Hunt, 2 to Luard and one to his sister Ellen from India, among others. … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Mucous Membrane (Another Unpublished Poem and a ‘Drama’)

Harvard University, Houghton Library MS Typ 55.14, item 93: Once I had a Mucous Membrane And I kept him in a box ― Which the lid I fastened down with 3 of Brahmah’s patent locks. So ― said I ― … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s The Little Mouse: An Unpublished Poem

This poem does not appear in The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense; Vivien Noakes mentioned it in a note to “The Uncareful Cow, who walked about” on p. 515, but obviously considered this sketch too rough to be published, and she was probably right, as … Continue reading

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Edward Lear’s Indian Trees

For sale from Donald A. Heald. Indian Trees, Palms and Bamboos [cover title of an album of 19 original watercolours mostly of Indian landscape by Edward Lear] San Remo, Italy: 1878-1882. Folio. (19 x 12 inches). 19 original watercolour drawings … Continue reading

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