The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear
Edward Lear, Holbrook Jackson
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Here is every line of every nonsense book written by Edward Lear. In a single volume you get "A Book of Nonsense," "Nonsense Songs," "More Nonsense Songs," "Laughable Lyrics," and "Nonsense Songs and Stories. No other low-price edition offers this complete collection.
You will meet such old favorites as "The Dong With a Luminous Nose," "The Jumblies," "The Owl and the Pussycat," "The Nutcrackers and the Sugar Tongs," and "The History of the Seven Young Owls." Two hundred and fourteen limericks are in here as well, each illustrated with the drawing Lear composed specially for it. In addition, you'll find three different sets of Nonsense Botany, five Nonsense Alphabets, and dozens of other selections in both prose and verse.
All 546 of Lear's original illustrations are in this volume. With masterful simplicity and apparent naiveté they tell of the dreamlike never-never land of childhood. Many Lear enthusiasts maintain that in these drawings the Laureate of Nonsense gave rise to an entire new style. Their influence has certainly been widespread, with echoes of Lear to be seen in the work of Thurber, Steinberg, Phil May, Bateman, and other artists and illustrators.
It has been a hundred years since Edward Lear, the advocate of illogic, first became known to a wide public. Children who begged to have his verses read to them have grown up to read Lear to their own children — and to discover that his whimsy, imagination, and originality have their attraction for the adult mind as well.
Young Lady of Wales. There was an Old Person of Cheadle, Was put in the stocks by the beadle; For stealing some pigs, some coats and some wigs, That horrible Person of Cheadle. There was a Young Lady of Welling, Whose praise all the world was a telling; She played on the harp, and caught several carp, That accomplished Young Lady of Welling. There was an Old Person of Tartary, Who divided his jugular artery; But he screeched to his wife, and she said, ‘Oh, my life! Your death will be
light, Which burned that Old Man of the Cape. There was an Old Lady of Prague, Whose language was horribly vague. When they said, ‘Are these caps?’ she answered, ‘Perhaps!’ That oracular Lady of Prague. There was an Old Person of Sparta, Who had twenty-five sons and one daughter; He fed them on snails, and weighed them in scales, That wonderful person of Sparta. There was an Old Man at a casement, Who held up his hands in amazement; When they said, ‘Sir! you’ll fall!’ he replied, ‘Not
squeaked with a ladle-like scream of surprise. V The Frying-pan said, ‘It’s an awful delusion!’ The Tea-kettle hissed and grew black in the face; And they all rushed downstairs in the wildest confusion, To see the great Nutcracker-Sugar-tong race. And out of the stable, with screamings and laughter, (Their ponies were cream-coloured, speckled with brown,) The Nutcrackers first, and the Sugar-tongs after, Rode all round the yard, and then all round the town. VI They rode through the
death, with a Memoir by his old friend Franklin Lushington. 2 Views in Rome. (1841); Excursions in Italy (1846); Excursions in Italy, Second Series (1846); Journal of a Landscape Painter in Albania and Illyria (1841); Journal of a Landscape Painter in Southern Calabria (1852); Views in the Seven Ionian Islands (1863); Journal of a Landscape Painter in Corsica (1870).
of Vienna, Who lived upon Tincture of Senna; When that did not agree, he took Camomile Tea, That nasty Old Man of Vienna. There was an old Person whose habits, Induced him to feed upon Rabbits; When he’d eaten eighteen, he turned perfectly green, Upon which he relinquished those habits. There was an old person of Dover, Who rushed through a field of blue Clover; But some very large bees, stung his nose and his knees, So he very soon went back to Dover. There was an Old Man of