Mr Lear

A Life of Art and Nonsense

Author: Jenny Uglow

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571336582

Category: Architecture

Page: 608

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Edward Lear's poems follow and break the rules. They abide by the logic of syntax, the linking of rhyme and the dance of rhythm, and these 'nonsenses' are full of joy - yet set against darkness. Where do these human-like animals and birds and these odd adventures - some gentle, some violent, some musical, some wild - come from? His many drawings that accompany his verse are almost hyper-real, as if he wants to free the creatures from the page. They exist nowhere else in literature, springing only from Lear's imagination. Lear lived all his life on the borders of rules and structures, of disciplines and desires. He vowed to ignore politics yet trembled with passionate sympathies. He depended on patrons and moved in establishment circles, yet he never belonged among them and mocked imperial attitudes. He loved men yet dreamed of marriage - but remained, it seems, celibate, wrapped in himself. Even in his family he was marginal, at once accepted and rejected. Surrounded by friends, he was alone. If we follow him across land and sea - to Italy, Greece and Albania, to The Levant and Egypt and India - and to the borderlands of spirit and self, art and desire, can we see, in the end, if the nonsense makes sense? This is what Jenny Uglow has set sail to find out.

Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

Author: James Williams,Matthew Bevis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019101818X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

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Of all the Victorian poets, Edward Lear has a good claim to the widest audience: admired and championed by critics and poets from John Ruskin to John Ashbery, he has also been read, heard, and loved by generations of children. As a central figure in the literature of nonsense, Lear has also shaped the evolution of modern literature, and his work continues to influence and inspire writers and readers today. This collection of essays-the first ever devoted solely to Lear-builds on a recent resurgence of critical interest and asks how it is that the play of Lear's poetry continues to delight, and to challenge our sense of what poetry can be. These seventeen chapters, written by established and emerging critics of poetry, seek to explore and appreciate the playfulness embodied in the poems, and to provide contexts in which it can be better understood and enjoyed. They consider how Lear's poems play off various inheritances (the literary fool, Romantic lyric, his religious upbringing), explore particular forms in which his playful genius took flight (his letters, his queer writings about love), and trace lines of Learical influence and inheritance by showing how other poets and thinkers across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries played off Lear in their turn (Joyce, Stein, Eliot, Auden, Smith, Ashbery, and others).

Complete Nonsense

Author: Edward Lear

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

ISBN: 9781853261442

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

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This edition of Lear's work contains all the verse and stories of "The Book of Nonsense," "More Nonsense," "Nonsense Songs," "Nonsense Stories and Nonsense Alphabets" and "Nonsense Cookery."

Very Life of Life

Author: Tom Gordon

Publisher: Wild Goose Publications

ISBN: 1849526133

Category: Religion

Page: 392

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A year of daily reflections. When our time is limited, a short reflection can be as much as we can manage. When life is complex and difficult, a simple idea may be all we need. When each day is about making sense of what's happening to us, a reflective sound bite might help us through. Tom Gordon's reflections are simple and direct, but from his experience and wisdom he offers deep insights for the 'very life of life' we are living today.

Lawrence Durrell and the Greek World

Author: Anna Lillios

Publisher: Susquehanna University Press

ISBN: 9781575910765

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

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The essays in this volume represent multiple perspectives on Lawrence Durrell's sojourn in the Hellenic diaspora and his art's connection to the Greek world. Essays include reminiscences by Durrell's only living child, Penelope Durrell-Hope, and friends, such as Greek poet Nanos Valaoritis, H. R. Stoneback, Penelope Tremayne, and John Letham. Another group of critical essays examine Durrell's imaginative evocation of the spirit of place, specifically his depiction of Corfu, Rhodes, Cyprus, and Alexandria, Egypt, which are locales that have provided settings for his travel books, poetry, and cycle of novels, The Alexandria Quartet. Other critical essays discuss more literary themes in Durrell's work, including his use of myth and his parallels with other artists and thinkers, such as John Fowles, Constantine Cavafy, Gostan Zarian, George Seferis, Edward Lear, and Friedrich Nietzsche. The volume concludes with David Radavich's poems that were inspired by Durrell's Corfu. Anna Lillios is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Central Florida.

After You, Mr. Lear

In the Wake of Edward Lear in Italy : the Story of a Voyage to Rediscover the Ways of Edward Lear, Artist and Author, Through His Paintings, Diaries and Letters

Author: Maldwin Drummond

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780955024375

Category: Artists

Page: 237

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Maldwin Drummond explores the life and ways of Edward Lear, the artist, author and nonsense writer. In 1996, he and his wife Gilly set off in their yacht, sailing south to the heel of Italy. With the aid of copies of Lear's pictures, they discovered where he sat to capture his wonderful images of coastal scenes.

A Jury Of Her Peers

American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx

Author: Elaine Showalter

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0748111514

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 640

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Fascinating, incisive, intelligent and never afraid of being controversial, Elaine Showalter introduces us to more than 250 writers. Here are the famous and expected names, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Willa Cather, Dorothy Parker, Flannery O'Connor, Gwendolyn Brooks, Grace Paley, Toni Morrison, and Jodi Picoult. And also many successful and acclaimed yet little-known writers, from the early American bestselling novelist Catherine Sedgwick to the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Susan Glaspell. A JURY OF HER PEERS is an irresistible invitation to discover great authors never before encountered and to return to familiar books with a deeper appreciation. It is a monumental work that enriches our understanding of American literary history and culture.

How pleasant to know Mr. Lear

watercolors by Edward Lear from Rhode Island collections

Author: L. Candace Pezzera,Edward Lear,Rhode Island School of Design. Museum of Art

Publisher: N.A


Category: Art

Page: 24

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