A Selection of Nonsense Verse by Edward Lear

A Selection of Nonsense Verse

Written by Edward Lear

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A lively collection of Edward Lear’s most popular Limericks and Nonsense Songs presented as they appeared originally with illustrations by the author. In full colour and very much of their time, the vigorous illustrations give a wonderful period feel to the Limericks. The illustrations to the Nonsense Songs which begin with The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, the most famous of them all, are in black and white and therefore appear more restrained but closer looking shows them to be just as witty - The Dong’s Luminous Nose is especially wittily captured.


A Selection of Nonsense Verse by Edward Lear

"Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils" ~ Edward Lear

Known as the father of the nonsense poem, Edward Lear is much to thank for the form's popularity. Gently mocking the ridiculousness of human behaviour and Victorian convention, Lear's deliciously silly verse has delighted children and adults for generations. This complete collection features some of the nation's favorite classics, including The Owl and the Pussy Cat, The Quangle-Wangle's Hat and The Jumblies. Perfectly complimented by Lear's own illustrations, this is the perfect gift edition.


Lear's nonsense words must have influenced countless writers. . . They certainly inspired me. Julia Donaldson, author, The Gruffalo

About the Author

Edward Lear wrote his most famous nonsense poem 'The Owl and the Pussycat' as a get-well treat for a friend’s young daughter. It was later published in 1870 making him a household name.

Born in 1812, Lear showed a remarkable talent for drawing from an early age and earnt his living as a draughtsman for the Zoological Society of London. In 1846 he published a collection of his verses, A Book of Nonsense, which became extremely popular with children and adults alike.

Reflecting Lear’s own artistic talents, this edition includes some of his own drawings of birds and glimpses into the life of the man himself.

“He reads, but he cannot speak Spanish,
He cannot abide ginger beer;
Ere the days of his pilgrimage vanish,
How pleasant to know Mr Lear!”

Each poem in this collection is brought to life with a series of illustrations by Robert Ingpen, who has also added his own discovery of the Botany of Bong-tree Land.

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116 pages
Interest Age: From 5


Edward Lear
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Egmont Books Ltd an imprint of Egmont UK Ltd

Publication date

6th November 2014




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