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Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets: Facsimile of the 1889 Edition

Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets: Facsimile of the 1889 Edition

by Edward Lear
     
 

Edward Lear's poetry and prose celebrates the joy of living, and has influenced writers and illustrators from Terry Gilliam to Spike Milligan and Ricky Gervais. Although the subject and form of his works varies greatly, all of Lear's poems can be characterized by his irreverent view of the world, and many critics view Lear's nonsense books as his way of

Overview

Edward Lear's poetry and prose celebrates the joy of living, and has influenced writers and illustrators from Terry Gilliam to Spike Milligan and Ricky Gervais. Although the subject and form of his works varies greatly, all of Lear's poems can be characterized by his irreverent view of the world, and many critics view Lear's nonsense books as his way of undermining the all-pervasive orderliness and industriousness of Victorian society. However, regardless of his inspiration or impetus, the appeal of Lear's poems and illustrations has proved timeless. Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets contains illustrations and pictorial depictions from Lear's incredible imagination of plants and creatures, with appropriate captions and lyrics. His strange botanical illustrations include Manypeeplia Upsidownia, Piggiwiggia Pyramidalis, and Pollybirdia Singularis, whilst the "Nonsense Alphabets" consist of three sets of illustrated alphabets which twist and turn around the most bizarre imagery and language.

Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books

"These reprint volumes from the 1880s . . . . in restoring a feeling for scale, a jointed rightness of typeface and margin and drawing, Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets and Nonsense Songs and Stories, work to create a world at once fitting and weird."--Brad Leithauser, New York Review of Books

New York Review of Books - Brad Leithauser

"These reprint volumes from the 1880s . . . . in restoring a feeling for scale, a jointed rightness of typeface and margin and drawing, Nonsense Botany and Nonsense Alphabets and Nonsense Songs and Stories, work to create a world at once fitting and weird."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780712350440
Publisher:
British Library, The
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Edward Lear (1812-1888) was an English artist, writer, and illustrator known for his works of literary nonsense, in both poetry and prose.

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