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The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense [Paperback]

By Edward Lear (Author), Vivien Noakes (Editor) & Edward Lear (Illustrator)
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A comprehensive collection of Lear's poetry and other nonsense writings features an array of limericks, stories, letters, illustrated alphabets, and previously unpublished material, all accompanied by the poet's own line drawings and a detailed introduction to Lear's work. Original.

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The absurd and fanciful verses of Edward Lear-from "The Owl and the Pussy-cat" to "The Jumblies," from "The Scroobious Pip" to countless limericks-have enchanted generations of readers, children and adults alike. This delightful collection, the most comprehensive ever compiled of his work, presents all of Lear's verse and other nonsense writings, including stories, letters, and illustrated alphabets, as well as previously unpublished material. Featuring Lear's own line drawings throughout and an introduction by leading Lear authority Vivien Noakes, this captivating volume reveals a complex man of ample talents, achievements, and influence-and is teeming with timeless nonsense.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense by Edward Lear & Vivien Noakes has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 701
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 457
  • New York Review of Books - 11/05/2009 page 32
  • Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 829

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Pages   624
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 29, 2002
Publisher   Penguin (Non-Classics)
Age  18
ISBN  0142002275  
ISBN13  9780142002278  
UPC  051488016007  

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More About Edward Lear & Vivien Noakes

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As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

Edward Lear was born in 1812 and died in 1888.

Edward Lear has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Everyman's Library Children's Classics
  2. Folk Tale Classics

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Authors, A-Z > ( L ) > Lear, Edward
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > British & Irish
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > British

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense?

Edward Lear: The complete Verse and Other Nonsense  Jan 15, 2008
This edition of old favorites was as big a hit with my granddaughter as it was with my own children. The rhymes just beg to be read aloud, and this edition is easy to follow. A treat for the whole family
Excellent compilation--a trip down memory lane!  Jul 29, 2006
A great book to reconnect with Lear's verse, and to read some that may be unfamiliar. A good shared-read with children, enhancing their awareness of humor in language and stimulating their own creativity. An all-around good purchase.
Edward Lear, Poet of the Absurd!!  Mar 18, 2003
Edward Lear IS the poet of the absurd. With his wiity observations and witticisms, he opened many a mind to the unexplored territory of the verbal nicety. Mr. lear was not merely a gifted poet, but also a great humorist. I give him credit for his creative ingenuity as well as his humor. He has made me laugh from the age of three!! :)

I welcome any review fo the man's work, but this one is absolutely definitive. Pick it up for the mastery of the form, for the humor of the verse, and ultimately, for the sheer delight of the words.

The man, simply put, was (and remains) a genius. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. You owe this to yourself.


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