So Much Nonsense

So Much Nonsense

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`The Owl and the Pussycat' is a well-beloved children's classic and a perfect example of Edward Lear's mastery of `nonsense'. His works are distinguished by a poet's delight in the sounds of words both real and imaginary. His invented terms `snail mail' and the infamous `runcible spoon' (which appears in the Oxford English Dictionary) are hallmarks of a genre which has amused and delighted readers of all ages in a number of delightful publications over the years. This publication brings together his best-loved verse and drawings in a single volume, packed full of choice Leariana, including his exquisite illustrated nonsense alphabets and remarkable bird drawings executed with superb attention to anatomical detail and accompanied by scientific names of the species (The Stripy Bird), Nonsense botany, his famously incomprehensible but delightful limericks, and images of the irrepressible Foss in his heraldic poses (Foss dansant). Packaged as a gift book, this publication has a timeless appeal and is as suitable for children as it is for adults.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 177.8 x 185.42 x 25.4mm | 725.74g
  • The Bodleian Library
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 248 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1851243909
  • 9781851243907
  • 679,423

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"Edward Lear was one of the great nineteenth-century eccentrics. His art was as British as nursery rhymes and crumpets for tea yet he spent a lifetime escaping the constraints of Victorian England. . . . Poet friends such as Tennyson sneered at him, yet for every reader of In Memoriam there are now thousands who can recite ''The Owl and the Pussycat'' by heart."-Financial Timesshow more

About Edward Lear

Edward Lear (12 May 1812 - 29 January 1888) was an artist, illustrator and writer known for his nonsensical poetry and his limericks, a form which he popularized.show more

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