The Blog of Bosh has been online for exactly ten years today, the first post being dated 19 October 2000. It started on the pre-Google Blogspot and then moved to the present self-hosted Wordpress, which is powerful but requires frequent time-consuming maintenance.
Since I started the Edward Lear Diaries project, time has been scarce and I have not posted anything for almost a year, sometimes being prevented by the need to upgrade. I have therefore decided to move the blog to wordpress.com, which takes care of all technical problems and provides better hosting. All posts have been imported, but the process was not perfect and some links may still point here. These pages are not going to disappear, then, but will no longer be updated.
I have taken this opportunity to transfer some of the services provided in the old Edward Lear Home Page; in particular the bibliographies have been updated and will be regularly maintained. Many of Lear’s books are now online and links have been provided, too. I have also added an introductory article by Vivien Noakes, Ship of Fools. All Aboard!, for which she gave permission a few years ago.
The new header image is from a wondeful broaside of “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” that Norman McKnight sent me several years ago. A few copies may be left, and he says he will be working on a new Edward Lear project soon, so visit his Philoxenia Press site.
I almost forgot, the new Blog of Bosh is here.
You can now read Ian Malcolm’s 1908 overview of Lear’s career (mostly from the point of view of the Baring family) in the Nonsense section of the site bookshelf:
Ian Malcolm, “Edward Lear.” The Cornhill Magazine, vol. 24, January 1908, pp. 25-36, as reprinted in The Living Age, vol. 256, no. 3319, 15 February 1908, pp. 467-75.
I have also added, in the Comics section, a long article on Ally Sloper:
Elizabeth Robins Pennell. “The Modern Comic Newspaper. The Evolution of a Popular Type.” The Contemporary Review, vol. 50, October 1886, pp. 509-23.
Hunt Emerson, whose comic book adaptation of Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussy-cat” was mentioned in a previous post, has also posted a version of “The Jumblies,” executed as a private commission. Click on the images below to get larger ones.