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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

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2018

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/08/2017

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2015

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2015

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/08/2015

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/05/2015

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea, in a beautiful pea-green boat, they took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five-pound note. So begins the unlikely love story of a cat and bird, who sail away together and are married on a remote island, their officiant a turkey, and their wedding ring a piece of jewellery from a pig's snout. The story of this silly couple has become an enduring classic, and is more charming than ever in this gift edition, now part of the Folk Tale Classics series.

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets - Scholar's Choice Edition

Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets - Scholar's Choice Edition

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/02/2015

Nonsense Songs

Nonsense Songs

Author: Edward Lear Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2014

How pleasant to know Mr. Lear! Who has written such volumes of stuff.Some think him ill-tempered and queer, But a few think him pleasant enough.So wrote Edward Lear upon the first publication of these Nonsense Songs in 1871, and few poets indeed have captured the imagination of children as he has. His playful use of language, his celebration of the absurd, his love of pure nonsense have secured his place on the shelves of childhood libraries for generations.This new edition of his Nonsense Songs has all the favorites--the romantic "e;Owl and the Pussy-Cat"e; and the silly "e;Jumblics"e;--as well as many other rhymes that may be new to young readers--"e;The Pelican Chorus"e; and the hilarious "e;New Vestments."e;Newly commissioned illustrations by Jonathan Allen and an introduction by Naomi Lewis make this the edition of choice for a new generation of readers.His Waistcoat and Trousers were made of Pork Chops;--His Buttons were Jujubes, and Chocolate Drops;--Hi Coat was all Pancakes with Jam for a Border,And a girdle of Biscuits to keep it in order.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat

The Owl and the Pussy-cat

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2012

Join the Owl and the Pussy Cat on a magical adventure as they go to sea in a beautiful pea green boat. Edward Lear's much-loved nonsense rhyme is wonderfully brought to life by Victoria Ball's charming illustration.

The Jumblies and Other Nonsense Verses (in Colour)

The Jumblies and Other Nonsense Verses (in Colour)

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/10/2012

The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Welcome to the world of Edward Lear! Wonderfully reissued in 2012 to celebrate the bicentenary of Edward Lear, this exquisitely-illustrated hardback is a classic in the making. John Vernon's Lord's stunning illustrations completely capture the spirit and satirical wit of Lear's work, conveying a lifelong enthusiasm for Lear's nonsense. 'Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils', wrote Edward Lear (1812-88) The perfect gift for both Lear fans and those discovering his work for the first time.

Poetry for Young People: Edward Lear

Poetry for Young People: Edward Lear

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2010

Misunderstood by his peers and plagued by loneliness and low self-esteem, Edward Lear spent much of his time in the company of children, composing poems and songs for their amusement. In a detailed introduction, Mendelson looks at Lear's serious and silly sides before selecting 15 limericks and 18 longer poems by the 19th-century wordsmith. With useful commentary on each poem and fabulous, swirling illustrations by Laura Huliska-Beit, this book is the perfect introduction to the nonsensical world of Edward Lear.

Book of Nonsense

Book of Nonsense

Author: Edward Lear Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Edward Lear (1812 - 1888) was an English writer of nonsense, the most famous piece of which is The Owl and the Pussycat. He is also credited with popularizing the limerick, though there was some speculation as to whether his patron, the Earl of Derby, simply used Lear as a pseudonym for his own writings. Lear was also a successful illustrator and even spent some time tutoring Queen Victoria in drawing before his improper behaviour had him thrown out of court.

Book of Nonsense

Book of Nonsense

Author: Edward Lear Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/2009

Edward Lear (1812 - 1888) was an English writer of nonsense, the most famous piece of which is The Owl and the Pussycat. He is also credited with popularizing the limerick, though there was some speculation as to whether his patron, the Earl of Derby, simply used Lear as a pseudonym for his own writings. Lear was also a successful illustrator and even spent some time tutoring Queen Victoria in drawing before his improper behaviour had him thrown out of court.

The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2008

This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. It presents the charming, classic poem of the Owl and the Pussycat and their adventure to get married. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University. It is a great value quality hardback with ribbon marker guaranteed to foster pride in book ownership.

Queery Leary Nonsense

Queery Leary Nonsense

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/10/2008

Nonsense Song

Nonsense Song

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2006

The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear

The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/04/2001

Edward Lear was the greatest nonsensicalist of all time. He was the inventor of the limerick and created the Jumblies and The Owl and the Pussycat. This complete edition of Lear's nonsense verse - including the limericks, longer verses, alphabets and his own illustrations - is lovingly restored and beautifully presented, for adults and children to enjoy together.

Nonsense Poems

Nonsense Poems

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2000

Bisky Bats and Pussy Cats

Bisky Bats and Pussy Cats

Author: Edward Lear Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/09/1999

'Bisky Bats and Pussy Cats, a selection of [Edward Lear's] animal nonsense verse brilliantly illustrated in soberly surreal hard-edged pictures by Matilda Harrison, will be an international winner.' Books for Keeps 'This book offers a feast of colour and detail from a superb artist and a much loved writer.' Parents News The Bloomsbury Children's Classics Series The Brave Sister, retold by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Danuta Mayer The Selfish Giant, retold by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Fabian Negrin The Emperor and the Nightingale, retold by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Paul Birkbeck Bisky Bats and Pussy Cats, animal nonsense poems by Edward Lear, illustrated by Matilda Harrison. The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea In a beautiful pea-green boat ...So starts the familiar rhyme from Edward Lear ...and within the pages of this collection of classic Lear favourites and unusual limericks, you will enter a jewel-coloured, iridescent world painted by Matilda Harrison. A feast of colour and detail from a superb artist.

Bisky Bats and Pussy Cats The Animal Nonsense of Edward Lear

Bisky Bats and Pussy Cats The Animal Nonsense of Edward Lear

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/09/1998

This is a collection of classic Lear favourites and unusual limericks. The text includes: The Owl and the Pussycat ; The Pelican Chorus ; and, The Quangle-Wangle's Hat .

A Book Of Nonsense

A Book Of Nonsense

Author: Edward Lear Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/10/1992

Edward Lear, the 20th child of a London stockbroker, entered the household of Lord Stanley as little more than a servant, but his sense of humour soon made him welcome above stairs and he began to amuse the children with comic drawings and rhymes. This book was first published in 1846.

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