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There was an Old Derry down Derry...

Edward Lear's Nonsense Poetry and Art


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Please note that these pages are no longer being updated and their content is being transferred to the Blog of Bosh, to which many links here now point.

I have recently heard from Charles Lewsen, who informs me that some copies of the "Poems and Essays in Honour of Edward Lear" published in 2000 are still available. This is a good opportunity read this interesting collection and help the Friends of the Bristol Oncology Centre - more info.

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Why an Edward Lear page? Well, first of all because I like his nonsense very much, and then I wrote my thesis about him several years ago (don't worry, I'm not going to publish it!) so I am supposed to be widely read on the subject... Most important of all, however, is the fact that I haven't been able to find a great deal of Lear's nonsense poetry on the net and I think he deserves his small virtual space as much as his contemporary poetical colleague Lewis Carroll. After all, Lear may be considered the inventor of the term 'snail mail'.

That's it, if you share the Jumblies' spirit of adventure or your nose is as luminous as the Dong's, if you think there's nothing strange in living in the nest of an owl or your feelings are wrung with compuction, go on!

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About Edward Lear
His life and travels, as well as pictures and bibliographies
New!: Early essays on Lear and Nonsense

Edward Lear's Nonsense Works
The complete limericks and a selection of songs and stories.
New!: A collection of Lear's picture stories.


Edward Lear's Art
A collection of zoological and topographical pictures

The Limerick Before Lear
Two colour books from the early 1820s

Essays on Lear and the Limerick

What's New in the Lear Pages


Edward Lear Home Page

There was an Old Derry down Derry...
Edward Lear's Nonsense Poetry and Art

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