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How Pleasant to Know Mr. Lear

essays by
Rowena Fowler: Lear the Traveller
Vivien Noakes: The Courage to Dare
Robert McCracken Peck: Edward Lear, Natural History Illustrator
Ruth Pitman: Lear and Tennyson.
Justin G. Schiller: Edward Lear within the Tradition of Children's Literature
John Swales: Edward Lear's Epilepsy

and poems by
W.H. Auden, Gerard Benson, Charles Causley, Helen Dunmore,
U.A. Fanthorpe, Roger McGough, Ian McMillan, Tom Paulin, Peter Porter,
Alfred Tennyson, Adam Thorpe, John Whitworth

This collection, inspired by Edward Lear and donated by leading scholars and poets, is published by the Friends of the Bristol Oncology Centre, and -- appropriately, the Friends being a medical charity -- includes the first study by a medical authority on Lear's epilepsy.

The illustrations, including four pages in colour, represent Lear's work as a natural history illustrator and landscape painter, and include previously unpublished Nonsense drawings, as well as the Limerick that Lear acknowledged as the inspiration for the Book of Nonsense. There are also several images from a 1565 French publication that seems to have influenced Lear's Nonsense imagery.

To obtain a copy, whether for yourself or as a Christmas present of lasting value,
and to help a life-saving charity,
send a sterling cheque or money order
of £6-00 if you are in the UK, £8-50 if you live elsewhere
-- or more if you can --
made payable to Friends of BHOC
to The Treasurer, 5 Long Acres Close, Coombe Dingle, Bristol BS9 2RF
phone 0117-968 4646

The Friends of the Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre is registered charity no. 264136

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