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Edward Lear (1812-1888)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the English painter, illustrator, and nonsense-rhymer Edward Lear, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

Introduction & Literary Criticism

"Edward Lear." A short biographical introduction to Lear, with text for some of his best known poems. Academy of American Poets.

"Edward Lear." A biography of Lear. Also a selection of his most famous poems, and lists of his books and recommended reading about him. The Poetry Foundation.

"Edward Lear." Victorian Web, ed. Prof. George P. Landow.

"Edward Lear, master of the nonsense rhyme." A profile of Lear, on the 200th anniversary of his birth. The Guardian, 10 May 2012.

"Edward Lear." Brief biography of Lear, in connection with his epilepsy. Charge: The experience of Epilepsy.

Williams, James. "Edward Lear." An introductory article on Edward Lear from the Literary Encyclopedia [subscription service]

Conner, Patrick. "Edward Lear. London, Royal Academy." Review of an exhibition. The Burlington Magazine 127, 988 (July 1985) [first page only, jstor].

Noakes, Vivien, ed. "Queerer and Queerer." A review of Edward Lear: The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense. Remarks the reviewer, "Edward Lear gets a new image with a new edition of The Complete Verse and Other Nonsense, in which he is no longer sexual, let alone gay. What nonsense." Reviewed by Adam Mars-Jones in The Observer, 11 Nov. 2001.

Rieder, John. "VEdward Lear's Limericks: The Function of Children's Nonsense Poetry." Children's Literature 26 (1998) pp 47-60 [substantial extract, muse].

Snider, Clifton. "Victorian Trickster: A Jungian Consideration of Edward Lear's Nonsense Verse." Orig. pub. in Psychological Perspectives (Spring/Summer 1991).

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