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  • Published: 15 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9780857550439
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear


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Reissued to celebrate the bi-centenary of Edward Lear, this hardback edition is beautifully illustrated by the fantastic John Vernon Lord.

Welcome to the world of Edward Lear!

Wonderfully reissued in 2012 to celebrate the bi-centenary of Edward Lear, this exquisitely-illustrated hardback is a classic in the making. John Vernon's Lord's stunning illustrations completely captures the spirit and satirical wit of Lear's work, conveying a lifelong enthusiasm for Lear's nonsense.

'Nonsense is the breath of my nostrils', wrote Edward Lear (1812-88)

  • Pub date: 15 October 2012
  • ISBN: 9780857550439
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Authors

Edward Lear

Date: 2013-08-06
John Vernon Lord is an award-winning author-illustrator who has been working for nearly 50 years. He has illustrated many classic texts by Aesop, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, as well as his own stories, and he was also a distinguished lecturer and teacher of illustration for 45 years until his recent retirement.

Edward Lear (1812–1888) was an illustrator, natural history artist, and writer, though he is best known for his nonsense poems. His collection of poetry, A Book of Nonsense, was published in 1846 and helped to popularize the limerick, a humorous form of verse. His most famous poem, The Owl and the Pussycat, has been made into many picture books.

John Vernon Lord

John Vernon Lord is an award-winning author-illustrator who has been working for nearly 50 years. He has illustrated many classic texts by Aesop, Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear, as well as his own stories, and he was also a distinguished lecturer and teacher of illustration for 45 years until his retirement.


Praise for The Nonsense Verse of Edward Lear

“The reissue of this beautiful book is a bicentennial tribute to Edward Lear. All the best known verses, such as "The Owl and the Pussy Cat", "The Jumblies" and "The Dong with the Luminous Nose", are included, but there are also less familiar but equally captivating poems as well as hundreds of pithy limericks. The result is a fantasy feast, the absurdity of which John Vernon Lord captures perfectly in his detailed and literate illustrations”

Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

“Welcome to the world of Edward Lear! Wonderfully reissued in 2012 to celebrate the bicentenary of Edward Lear, this exquisitely-illustrated hardback is a classic in the making.”

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