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Edward Lear - Author

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.

Featured books by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

3+ readers 5+ readers

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2014

This stunning new edition of Edward’s Lear’s classic story poem makes a handsome pair to Julia Donaldson’ The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat which is also illustrated by Charlotte Voake. Every familiar of Lear’s tender and comical rhyme is perfectly picked up in the illustrations: the pea-green boat; the honey and money; the Piggy-wig with the ring at the end of his nose. A glorious final spread shows the happy pair dancing contentedly by the light of the moon! Julia Donaldson, who wrote The Further Adventures of The Owl and the Pussy-cat provides an additional introduction. ~ Julia Eccleshare

Other books by Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Poetry

The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Poetry

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2019

Written for the poet John Addington Symonds's young daughter Janet while she was ill and confined to her bed, `The Owl and the Pussycat' sees the two enamoured animals sail away in a boat for a year and a day / To the land with the bong tree grows , where they get married. Long considered one of the nation's favourite poems, it is combined here with other memorable examples of what Lear called nonsense songs , such as `Calico Pie' and `The Duck and the Kangaroo', as well as with nonsense stories, cookery, botany and alphabets, in a collection that transports adults and children alike to the extraordinary world of Edward Lear's imagination.

Tortoises, Terrapins, and Turtles Drawn from Life

Tortoises, Terrapins, and Turtles Drawn from Life

Author: Edward Lear, James de Carle Sowerby Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/09/2019

The Owl and the Pussy Cat and the Duck and the Kangaroo

The Owl and the Pussy Cat and the Duck and the Kangaroo

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2019

A Book of Nonsense

A Book of Nonsense

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/11/2018

First published in 1846 under the pseudonym Old Derry down Derry , A Book of Nonsense is a collection adapted from the limericks and illustrations Edward Lear created to amuse the grandchildren of Lord Stanley, 13th Earl of Derby, while he was staying with the family at Knowsley Hall. Embodying Lear's passion for nonsense, the limericks, each accompanied by one of Lear's beguiling original illustrations, are fun, lyrical, lively and hilarious, and have enchanted children and adults since their first appearance in the middle of the nineteenth century.

Journals of a Landscape Painter in Albania, &c

Journals of a Landscape Painter in Albania, &c

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2018

Journals of a Landscape Painter in Albania, &c

Journals of a Landscape Painter in Albania, &c

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

Nonsense Books

Nonsense Books

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/11/2018

Nonsense Books

Nonsense Books

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2018

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