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James Williams

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780746312216

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9780746312216.001.0001

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The Scroobious Traveller

The Scroobious Traveller

(p.78) 3 The Scroobious Traveller
Edward Lear

James Williams

Liverpool University Press

This chapter is about Lear’s experiences as a traveller, and how they shaped him as a writer. It considers the way his poems and paintings are animated by dramas of arrival, departure, and being left behind. It considers, using evidence from Lear’s travel writing, the relationship between the experience of being a foreigner, and hearing unfamiliar languages, and the creation of nonsense words. It concludes with an extended close reading of “The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò”.

Keywords:   Travel, Painting, Travel writing, Languages, Nonsense words, The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò

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