The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense

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The absurd and fanciful verses of Edward Lear-from "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" to "The Jumblies," from "The Scroobious Pip" to countless limericks-have enchanted generations of readers, children and adults alike. This delightful collection, the most comprehensive ever compiled of his work, presents all of Lear's verse and other nonsense writings, including stories, letters, and illustrated alphabets, as well as previously unpublished material. Featuring Lear's own line drawings throughout and an introduction by ...

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Overview

The absurd and fanciful verses of Edward Lear-from "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" to "The Jumblies," from "The Scroobious Pip" to countless limericks-have enchanted generations of readers, children and adults alike. This delightful collection, the most comprehensive ever compiled of his work, presents all of Lear's verse and other nonsense writings, including stories, letters, and illustrated alphabets, as well as previously unpublished material. Featuring Lear's own line drawings throughout and an introduction by leading Lear authority Vivien Noakes, this captivating volume reveals a complex man of ample talents, achievements, and influence-and is teeming with timeless nonsense.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142002278
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 644,067
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.45 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Lear (1812-1888) was privately trained as an illustrator and painter, later giving lessons to Queen Victoria and having pictures accepted by the Royal Academy. He published his first book of nonsense poetry in 1846.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
'Edward Lear'
Introduction
Table of Dates
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
Eclogue: Vide Collins 'Hassan - or the Camel Driver' 3
To Miss Lear on her Birthday 5
The Shady Side of Sunnyside 9
Journal 10
Turkey Discipline 14
'When the light dies away on a calm summer's eve' 15
'From the pale and the deep' 15
Peppering Roads 16
Miss Fraser's Album 18
Ruins of the Temple of Jupiter Aegina, Greece 19
The Bride's Farewell 20
Ruby 22
Miss Maniac 23
'I slept, and back to my early days' 40
Resignation 43
'I've just seen Mrs. Hopkins - and read her the lines' 44
Ode to the little China Man 44
Peppering Bell 45
Letter to Harry Hinde 46
Scrawl 48
Letter to Fanny Jane Dolly Coombe 49
'Oh! Pan!' 51
Letter to George Coombe 52
The Nervous Family 53
The Nervous Family: Alternative version 54
'The gloom that winter casts' 56
'My dear Mrs. Gale - from my leaving the cradle' 56
Portraites of the inditchenous beestes of New Olland 57
'My Sweet Home is no longer mine' 58
[Illustrations for 'Kathleen O'More'] 59
Scene in the Campagna of Rome 62
[Lear's adventures on horseback] 63
[Limericks for the 1846 and 1855 editions of A Book of Nonsense] 71
[Other early limericks] 108
The Hens of Oripo 120
'A was an Ant' 122
'Ribands and pigs' 135
Ye poppular author & traveller in Albania & Calabria, keepinge his feete warme 149
[Lear at the Royal Academy Schools] 150
'There was an old person of Ramleh' 151
'O! Mimber for the County Louth' 151
'Washing my rose-coloured flesh and brushing my beard with a hairbrush' 153
From a letter to George Grove 155
'But ah! (the Landscape painter said,)' 156
[Additional limericks for the 1861 edition of A Book of nonsense] 157
'General appearance of a distinguished Landscapepainter' 179
Eggstracts from the Roehampton Chronicle 180
Letter to Ruth Decie 183
'There was an old person of Paxo' 184
'She sits upon her Bulbul' 184
'O Digby my dear' 185
'There was an old man with a Book' 185
Letters to Evelyn Baring 186
Letter to Nora Decie 188
[Lear's adventures in Crete] 189
Letters to Anna Duncan and Lady Duncan 191
The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple 193
The Duck and the Kangaroo 207
'Gozo my child is the isle of Calypso' 210
Stratford Place Gazette 211
[Three miscellaneous limericks] 212
The Adventures of Mr. Lear & the Polly [& the] Pusseybite on their way to the Ritertitle Mountains 214
'O Thuthan Thmith! Thweet Thuthan Thmith!' 219
The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World 220
Growling Eclogue 233
The Owl and the Pussy-cat 238
[Mrs. Blue Dickey-bird] 240
'Some people their attention Fixes' 240
The Broom, the Shovel, the Poker, and the Tongs 241
'There was an old man who said - "Hum!" 243
Calico Pie 244
The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly 246
[Nonsense Cookery] 249
[Nonsense Botany - 1] 251
The Jumblies 253
'The Absolutely Abstemious Ass' 256
'The Uncareful Cow, who walked about' 270
[Creatures playing chequers] 271
The Nutcrackers and the Sugar-tongs 272
Mr. and Mrs. Spikky Sparrow 274
The Table and the Chair 277
'A was once an apple-pie' 279
'A was an Area Arch' 305
[Mr. Lear receives a letter from Marianne North] 319
Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos 321
The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo 324
[Limericks published in More Nonsense] 328
[Extra limericks prepared for More Nonsense] 378
[Nonsense Botany - 2] 383
'Cold are the crabs that crawl on yonder hill' 386
The Scroobious Pip 387
The Quangle Wangle's Hat 391
[Receipt for George Scrivens, Esq.] 393
'Papa once went to Greece' 394
The Story of the Pobble, who has no toes, and the Princess Bink 394
The Pobble who has no Toes 397
The Akond of Swat 399
'The Attalik Ghazee' 402
[Indian limericks] 402
'O! Chichester, my Carlingford!' 404
The Cummerbund 405
Letter to Lady Wyatt 407
Poona Observer 408
The New Vestments 409
The Pelican Chorus 412
The Two Old Bachelors 415
[Nonsense Botany - 3] 417
'A tumbled down, and hurt his Arm' 420
The Dong with a Luminous Nose 422
'Finale Marina! If ever you'd seen her!' 425
In medio Tutorissimus ibis 425
'O dear! how disgusting is life!' 427
'How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!' 428
Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos: Second Part 430
'O Brother Chicken! Sister Chick!' 432
'Dear Sir, Though many checks prevent' 433
Remminissenciz of Orgust 14 Aitnundrednaity 433
'I am awfull aged in apierance lately' 434
'There was an old man with a ribbon' 434
Letter to Mrs. Stuart Wortley [The Moon Journey] 435
[Chichester Fortescue is appointed Lord Privy Seal] 438
[Nonsense Trees] 439
'The Octopods and Reptiles' 444
[The Heraldic Blazons of Foss the Cat] 444
'Mrs. Jaypher found a wafer' 448
From a letter to the Hon. Mrs. Augusta Parker 449
[The Later History of the Owl and the Pussy-cat] 450
'When "grand old men" persist in folly' 452
'He lived at Dingle Bank - he did' 452
'And this is certain; if so be' 453
Eggstrax from The Maloja Gazette 454
'When leaving this beautiful blessed Brianza' 455
Some Incidents in the Life of my Uncle Arly 456
'He only said, "I'm very weary'" 458
'I must stop now' 458
'I think human nature is pretty much the same all along' 458
App Examples of Lear's Nonsense Similes 461
App Work Erroneously Attributed to Lear 465
Notes 467
Index of Titles 551
Index of First Lines 555
Subject Index 565
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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    Best of both worlds.

    Amazing Amazing! Of course his stories and limericks are hilarious, but his drawings are the best!!!!

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