Complete Verse and Other Nonsense

ISBN-10: 0142002275

ISBN-13: 9780142002278

Edition: 2002

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The absurd and whimsical verses of Edward Lear-such as "The Owl and the Pussy-cat," "The Jumblies," "The Scroobious Pip," and countless limericks-have enchanted generations of children and adults alike. This delightful volume, the most comprehensive collection ever 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Lear's verse and other nonsense writings, including stories, letters, and illustrated alphabets, as well as previously unpublished material, line drawings, and a fascinating introduction by scholar Vivien Noakes.
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List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Edward Lear was born in Holloway, England, to Jeremiah (a stockbroker) and Ann Lear, tutored at home by his sister, and briefly attended the Royal Academy schools. Both an author and an illustrator, he earned his living as an artist from the age of 15, mainly by doing landscapes. What he is remembered for is his nonsense books, especially his popularization of the limerick. Along with Lewis Carroll, he is considered to be the founder of nonsense poetry. In addition to his limericks, he created longer nonsense poems. The best---and best known---is The Jumblies, in which the title characters go to sea in a sieve; it is a brilliant, profound, silly, and sad expression of the need to leave the security of the known world and experience the wonder and danger of the unknown. His other most notable work is The Owl and the Pussy Cat, a less complex poem whose title characters also go to sea. Lear produced humorous alphabets and botany books as well. His wordplay, involving puns, neologisms, portmanteau words, and anticlimax, retains its vitality today and has influenced such contemporary writers of children's nonsense verse as Shel Silverstein, Ogden Nash, and Laura Richards

List of Abbreviations
'Edward Lear'
Table of Dates
Further Reading
A Note on the Texts
Eclogue: Vide Collins 'Hassan - or the Camel Driver'
To Miss Lear on her Birthday
The Shady Side of Sunnyside
Turkey Discipline
'When the light dies away on a calm summer's eve'
'From the pale and the deep'
Peppering Roads
Miss Fraser's Album
Ruins of the Temple of Jupiter Aegina, Greece
The Bride's Farewell
Miss Maniac
'I slept, and back to my early days'
'I've just seen Mrs. Hopkins - and read her the lines'
Ode to the little China Man
Peppering Bell
Letter to Harry Hinde
Letter to Fanny Jane Dolly Coombe
'Oh! Pan!'
Letter to George Coombe
The Nervous Family
The Nervous Family: Alternative version
'The gloom that winter casts'
'My dear Mrs. Gale - from my leaving the cradle'
Portraites of the inditchenous beestes of New Olland
'My Sweet Home is no longer mine'
[Illustrations for 'Kathleen O'More']
Scene in the Campagna of Rome
[Lear's adventures on horseback]
[Limericks for the 1846 and 1855 editions of A Book of Nonsense]
[Other early limericks]
The Hens of Oripo
'A was an Ant'
'Ribands and pigs'
Ye poppular author & traveller in Albania & Calabria, keepinge his feete warme
[Lear at the Royal Academy Schools]
'There was an old person of Ramleh'
'O! Mimber for the County Louth'
'Washing my rose-coloured flesh and brushing my beard with a hairbrush'
From a letter to George Grove
'But ah! (the Landscape painter said,)'
[Additional limericks for the 1861 edition of A Book of nonsense]
'General appearance of a distinguished Landscapepainter'
Eggstracts from the Roehampton Chronicle
Letter to Ruth Decie
'There was an old person of Paxo'
'She sits upon her Bulbul'
'O Digby my dear'
'There was an old man with a Book'
Letters to Evelyn Baring
Letter to Nora Decie
[Lear's adventures in Crete]
Letters to Anna Duncan and Lady Duncan
The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple
The Duck and the Kangaroo
'Gozo my child is the isle of Calypso'
Stratford Place Gazette
[Three miscellaneous limericks]
The Adventures of Mr. Lear & the Polly [& the] Pusseybite on their way to the Ritertitle Mountains
'O Thuthan Thmith! Thweet Thuthan Thmith!'
The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World
Growling Eclogue
The Owl and the Pussy-cat
[Mrs. Blue Dickey-bird]
'Some people their attention Fixes'
The Broom, the Shovel, the Poker, and the Tongs
'There was an old man who said - "Hum!"
Calico Pie
The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
[Nonsense Cookery]
[Nonsense Botany - 1]
The Jumblies
'The Absolutely Abstemious Ass'
'The Uncareful Cow, who walked about'
[Creatures playing chequers]
The Nutcrackers and the Sugar-tongs
Mr. and Mrs. Spikky Sparrow
The Table and the Chair
'A was once an apple-pie'
'A was an Area Arch'
[Mr. Lear receives a letter from Marianne North]
Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos
The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo
[Limericks published in More Nonsense]
[Extra limericks prepared for More Nonsense]
[Nonsense Botany - 2]
'Cold are the crabs that crawl on yonder hill'
The Scroobious Pip
The Quangle Wangle's Hat
[Receipt for George Scrivens, Esq.]
'Papa once went to Greece'
The Story of the Pobble, who has no toes, and the Princess Bink
The Pobble who has no Toes
The Akond of Swat
'The Attalik Ghazee'
[Indian limericks]
'O! Chichester, my Carlingford!'
The Cummerbund
Letter to Lady Wyatt
Poona Observer
The New Vestments
The Pelican Chorus
The Two Old Bachelors
[Nonsense Botany - 3]
'A tumbled down, and hurt his Arm'
The Dong with a Luminous Nose
'Finale Marina! If ever you'd seen her!'
In medio Tutorissimus ibis
'O dear! how disgusting is life!'
'How pleasant to know Mr. Lear!'
Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos: Second Part
'O Brother Chicken! Sister Chick!'
'Dear Sir, Though many checks prevent'
Remminissenciz of Orgust 14 Aitnundrednaity
'I am awfull aged in apierance lately'
'There was an old man with a ribbon'
Letter to Mrs. Stuart Wortley [The Moon Journey]
[Chichester Fortescue is appointed Lord Privy Seal]
[Nonsense Trees]
'The Octopods and Reptiles'
[The Heraldic Blazons of Foss the Cat]
'Mrs. Jaypher found a wafer'
From a letter to the Hon. Mrs. Augusta Parker
[The Later History of the Owl and the Pussy-cat]
'When "grand old men" persist in folly'
'He lived at Dingle Bank - he did'
'And this is certain; if so be'
Eggstrax from The Maloja Gazette
'When leaving this beautiful blessed Brianza'
Some Incidents in the Life of my Uncle Arly
'He only said, "I'm very weary'"
'I must stop now'
'I think human nature is pretty much the same all along'
Examples of Lear's Nonsense Similes
Work Erroneously Attributed to Lear
Index of Titles
Index of First Lines
Subject Index
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