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February 10, 2013

How Pleasant to Know Mr Lear

Edward Lear   (1812 - 1888)

Edward Lear
(1812 – 1888)

On this day in 1846, Edward Lear’s A Book of Nonsense was published. This was the first of his four “nonsense” books, and Lear was the first in a golden half-century of English nonsense that would include Lewis Carroll and Hilaire Belloc. Beneath the light-heated limericks the biographers see a misfit’s lifelong attempt to cope and cover-up.

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