From the benighted Old Man with a Beard to the erudite Perpendicular Purple Polly, Edward Lear's world is inhabited by a bewildering variety of oddities. One of the world's most loved writers, Lear's verse has delighted whole generations of readers. Here, after 140 years, is the original edition of A Book of Nonsense, from the original publishers. Complete with Lear's own remarkable illustrations, this treasure trove of nonsense is guaranteed to hold readers spellbound for generations more!
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(198mm x 129mm x 21mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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UK Kirkus Review »
When visiting the Earl of Derby at Knowsley in the middle of the 19th century, Edward Lear entertained his host's children with a selection of 'nonsense' drawings and verses, which caused much 'delightful amusement' before being eventually published as a collection. Now, almost one and a half centuries since that compilation first saw the light of day, Lear's celebrated world of nonsense verse and drawings finds itself back in its original home at Routledge. From the opening 'old man with a beard' to the closing 'unfortunate Lady of Clare' (who was 'sadly pursued by a bear'), this smorgasbord of words and illustrations features 112 surreal poems that are still as fresh and as fun as ever. The parade of faces, figures and foibles that caper across these pages never fails to raise a smile and a giggle, and words that genuinely deserve a wider audience and a place of honour in our dictionaries - such as 'ombliferous' and 'scroobious' - escort a truly international cast of characters hailing from such close quarters as Dorking and Cromer all the way to Peru and Cape Horn. Lear contorts the English language to suit his rhymes, revealing an erudite playfulness that is truly timeless and still as entertaining for adults as it is for children. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Edward Lear
Edward Lear (1812-1888). The youngest of twenty-one children, who made his reputation as an artist, humorist and traveller.