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Edward Lear: A Life

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Edward Lear - beloved nonsense poet, author of such adored poems as The Owl and the Pussycat, inventor of otherworldly characters like Quangle-Wangles and of the modern limerick; lauded artist and illustrator - was a genius who defies classification. Gregarious and popular, Lear had a wide circle of friends, but was often lonely and subject to frequent bouts of depression and debilitating epilepsy. In this captivating biography, fellow poet Peter Levi renders descriptions of Lear's sketches and watercolors (of which he painted some 10,000 in the course of his career) and provides incisive portraits of his classic poems, such as The Jumblies, The Owl and the Pussycat and The Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo, setting them in the wider context of traditional nursery rhymes. Lear belonged to the great tradition of adventurous British travellers, undertaking extensive journeys in Italy and Greece, Albania, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and India and these always-eventful journeys are related here, alongside extracts and quotations from his letters and diaries - an essential biography for all lovers of this remarkable British literary figure and now recognized as one of the greatest nineteenth century landscape painters.

Synopsis:

In this biography, Peter Levi describes the works of Lear's captivating illustrations and paintings across his extensive journeys

About the Author

Peter Levi, FSA, FRSL, (1931-2000) was a poet, archaeologist, Jesuit priest, travel writer, scholar, biographer, and critic. Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1984-89, Levi also worked for the Times, traveled with Bruce Chatwin in Afghanistan, with Leigh Fermor in Greece and wrote over 60 highly acclaimed biographies and works of travel, including The Light Garden of the Angel King.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 'How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear'

Foreword by Robin Hanbury-Tenison

INTRODUCTION

1. BOYHOOD

2. THE PAINTER OF BIRDS

3. THE LITHOGRAPHER

4. INTIMATE INTERLUDES

5. ITALY

6. SOUTHERN ITALY

7. A TASTE OF GREEK LANDS

8. LEAR AT FORTY

9. CORFU

10. THE DEATH OF ANN

11. GREECE

12. CRETE

13. SUCCESS

14. THE HOUSE AT SAN REMO

15. TO SEA IN A SIEVE

16. INDIA

17. THE FALL OF A HOUSE OF CARDS

18. THE VILLA TENNYSON

19. THE DEATH OF EDWARD

Appendix A: The plants in Lear's garden

Appendix B: Children of Jeremiah Lear and Ann Skerritt

Notes and References

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780765693
Author:
Levi, Peter
Publisher:
I. B. Tauris & Company
Author:
Hanbury-Tenison, Robin
Subject:
Artists, Architects, Photographers
Subject:
European
Subject:
Subjects & Themes/Land & Seascapes
Subject:
European/English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 1 lb

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