The Owl and the Pussy-Cat and Other Stories

Overview

Beloved by adults and children of all ages, Edward Lear’s nonsense songs and stories are instantly recognizable for their humorous flights of fancy. Although the subject and form of his works vary 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. Regardless of his ...

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Overview

Beloved by adults and children of all ages, Edward Lear’s nonsense songs and stories are instantly recognizable for their humorous flights of fancy. Although the subject and form of his works vary 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. Regardless of his inspiration or impetus, the appeal of Lear’s poems and illustrations has proved timeless.
 
In this new compilation from the British Library, published to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of Lear’s birth, fifteen of the best-loved tales are presented alongside Lear’s original illustrations. In addition to the classic tale “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,” the book includes whimsical stories about the adventures of imagined creatures, such as “The Jumblies,” “The Pobble Who Has No Toes,” and “The Quangle Wangle’s Hat.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780712358767
  • Publisher: British Library, The
  • Publication date: 12/15/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 855,002
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 4.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward Lear (1812–88) was an English artist, writer, and illustrator known for his works of literary nonsense, in both poetry and prose.

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Table of Contents


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
The Duck and the Kangaroo
The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
The Jumblies
The Nutcracker and the Sugar-tongs
Calico Pie
Mr. and Mrs. Spikky Sparrow
The Broom and the Shovel, the Poker, and the Tongs
The Table and the Chair
The Dong with a Luminous Nose
The Pelican Chorus
The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò
The Pobble who has no Toes
The Quangle Wangle’s Hat
The New Vestments
Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos
The Cummerbund
The Two Old Bachelors
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