Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

Jenny Uglow

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Acclaimed historian Jenny Uglow brings us a fascinating and beautifully illustrated biography of Edward Lear, full of the colour of the age.

Edward Lear lived a vivid, fascinating, energetic life, but confessed, ‘I hardly enjoy any one thing on earth while it is present.’ He was a man in a hurry, ‘running about on railroads’ from London to country estates and boarding steamships to Italy, Corfu, India and Palestine. He is still loved for his ‘nonsenses’, from startling, joyous limericks to great love songs like ‘The Owl and the Pussy Cat’ and ‘The Dong with a Luminous Nose’, and he is famous, too, for his brilliant natural history paintings, landscapes and travel writing. But although Lear belongs solidly in the age of Darwin and Dickens – he gave Queen Victoria drawing lessons, and his many friends included Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelite painters – his genius for the absurd and his dazzling word-play make him a very modern spirit. He speaks to us today.

  • ISBN 9780571269549
  • Title Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
  • Author Jenny Uglow
  • Publisher Faber & Faber
  • Imprint Faber & Faber
  • Binding Hardback
  • Publication date Wednesday 10th May 2017
  • Width 16cm
  • Height 24cm
  • Thickness 4.5cm
  • Weight 1260g
  • Number of pages 608

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