Edward Lear Resources
John Cousin tells us that Edward Lear (1812-1888) was an “artist and miscellaneous author [who was born] in London and settled in Rome as a landscape painter. He was an indefatigable traveller, and wrote accounts, finely illustrated, of his journeys in Italy, Greece, and Corsica. His best known works are, however, his Book of Nonsense (1840) (full of wit and good sense), More Nonsense Rhymes (1871), and Laughable Lyrics (1876).” Lushington points out that “the paradoxical originality and ostentatiously uneducated draughtsmanship [drawings] of his numerous nonsense books won him a more universal fame than his serious work.”
Enjoy a few of his nonsense works posted on the Excellence in Literature website:
Cousin, John W. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: Dent, 1910. Project Gutenberg. Web. 24 Mar. 2014.
If you enjoyed these poems, you may also like Lewis Carroll’s light verse.