A Book of Nonsense

Author(s): Edward Lear

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Edward Lear was an English artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularized. Lear's nonsense works are distinguished by a facility of verbal invention and a poet's delight in the sounds of words, both real and imaginary. A stuffed rhinoceros becomes a "diaphanous doorscraper". A "blue Boss-Woss" plunges into "a perpendicular, spicular, orbicular, quadrangular, circular depth of soft mud". His heroes are Quangle-Wangles, Pobbles, and Jumblies. His most famous piece of verbal invention, a "runcible spoon" occurs in the closing lines of The Owl and the Pussycat, and is now found in many English dictionaries.

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  • : 9780679417989
  • : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • : 0.508023
  • : November 1992
  • : .82 Inches X 6.4 Inches X 8.28 Inches
  • : books

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  • : Edward Lear
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 821.8
  • : 288