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Edward Lear

James Williams


Edward Lear wrote a well-known autobiographical poem that begins “How pleasant to know Mr Lear!” But how well do we really know him? On the one hand he is, in John Ashbery’s words, “one of the most popular poets who ever lived”; on the other hand he has often been overlooked or marginalized by scholars and in literary histories. This book, the first full length critical study of the poet since the 1980s, sets out to re-introduce Lear and to accord him his proper place: as a major Victorian figure of continuing appeal and relevance, and especially as a poet of beauty, comedy, and profound ingen ... More

Keywords: Edward Lear, Nonsense, Poetry, Victorian literature, Illustration, Travel writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780746312216
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9780746312216.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Williams, author