So Much Nonsense


The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat
They dined on mince, and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on...

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The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat
They dined on mince, and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon,
The moon,
The moon,
They danced by the light of the moon.
The Owl and the Pussycat is only the most familiar of Edward Lear’s numerous nonsense verses, which have delighted millions worldwide for the last two centuries. Now his beloved verse and drawings are compiled here in a handsomely produced volume of classic material.

Leariana runs rampant in this enchanting treasury; readers encounter such indelible Lear creations as “snail mail,” while drawings of the Stripy Bird and images of the heroic and irrepressible Foss in heraldic poses are scattered throughout. Lear’s zany illustrations are reproduced here in their full vibrancy, and the goofily delightful art, including his illustrated nonsense alphabets, infuses Lear’s fanciful phrases and humorously incomprehensible limericks with their original liveliness and irresistible spirit.   Rarely has the powerful charm and timeless appeal of Edward Lear’s work been available in such a beautifully produced edition, and So Much Nonsense is a gift that will unleash the imaginations of young and old alike.

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Editorial Reviews

Financial Times

"Edward Lear was one of the great nineteenth-century eccentrics. His art was as British as nursery rhymes and crumpets for tea yet he spent a lifetime escaping the constraints of Victorian England. . . . Poet friends such as Tennyson sneered at him, yet for every reader of In Memoriam there are now thousands who can recite 'The Owl and the Pussycat' by heart."—Financial Times
New York Times

"There is no doubt about the unique genius of Edward Lear. We think so then and we thought so still."—New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851243907
  • Publisher: Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: BL - Treasures from the Bodleian Library
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Lear (1812–88) was a writer, artist, and illustrator famous for his nonsensical poetry and limericks.

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