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Variant Versions of Edward Lear’s Limericks

‘There was an old person of Skye,/ Who was nearly a hundred feet high;/ He seemed to the people/ As tall as a steeple,/ And served as a lighthouse on Skye.’ (upper left) pen and brown ink, partial watermark ’18…’ … Continue reading

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Three New Pieces of Nonsense by Edward Lear

The latest TLS (no. 6169 of 25 June 2021) contains three new Nonsense compositions by Edward Lear, found by Amy Wilcockson and Edmund Downey among the papers in the Charnwood Autograph Collection, British Library Add MS 70949, f. 239, f. … Continue reading

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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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