Synopses & Reviews
The Stripy Bird. The Scroobius Bird. The Obsequious Ornamental Ostrich who wore boots to keep his feet quite dry. Of all the animals that sprang from the idiosyncratic imagination of Edward Lear, few feature as frequently as birds, which appear throughout his work, from the flamboyant flock in the Nonsense Alphabet
to the quirky avian characters of his limericks, stories, and songs. Lear drew himself as a bird on numerous occasions. In a popular self-portraitandmdash;later reproduced on a postage stampandmdash;Lear even represented himself as a portly, bespectacled bird.
Edward Learandrsquo;s Nonsense Birds collects more than sixty of Learandrsquo;s bird illustrations from across his entire body of work. Often, the birds have hilariously human characteristics. There is, for instance, a Good-Natured Grey Gull, a Hasty Hen, and a Querulous Quail. The Judicious Jay is chiefly concerned with good grooming. The Vicious Vulture, meanwhile, turns out to be a wordsmith whose verses on vellum celebrate veal. Each bird is endowed with a unique personality, while collectively they form a wonderfully amusing flock. Also included are a series of twenty-four hand-colored illustrations.
Bright and beautifully illustrated, this book will make a perfect gift for children of all ages and will also be welcomed by all who love Learandrsquo;s work or are interested in learning more about his fascination with birds.
Beloved by adults and children of all ages, Edward Learandrsquo;s nonsense songs and stories are instantly recognizable for their humorous flights of fancy. Although the subject and form of his works vary greatly, all of Learandrsquo;s poems can be characterized by his irreverent view of the world, and many critics view Learandrsquo;s nonsense books as his way of undermining the all-pervasive orderliness and industriousness of Victorian society. Regardless of his inspiration or impetus, the appeal of Learandrsquo;s poems and illustrations has proved timeless.and#160;In this new compilation from the British Library, published to commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of Learandrsquo;s birth, fifteen of the best-loved tales are presented alongside Learandrsquo;s original illustrations. In addition to the classic tale andldquo;The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,andrdquo; the book includes whimsical stories about the adventures of imagined creatures, such as andldquo;The Jumblies,andrdquo; andldquo;The Pobble Who Has No Toes,andrdquo; and andldquo;The Quangle Wangleandrsquo;s Hat.andrdquo;
About the Author
Edward Lear (1812-88) was an English artist, writer, and illustrator known for his works of literary nonsense, in both poetry and prose.
Table of Contents
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
The Duck and the Kangaroo
The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
The Nutcracker and the Sugar-tongs
Mr. and Mrs. Spikky Sparrow
The Broom and the Shovel, the Poker, and the Tongs
The Table and the Chair
The Dong with a Luminous Nose
The Pelican Chorus
The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bandograve;
The Pobble who has no Toes
The Quangle Wangleandrsquo;s Hat
The New Vestments
Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos
The Two Old Bachelors