Literature & literary studies:

Edward Lear

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Edward Lear by James Williams
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Edward Lear wrote a well-known autobiographical poem that begins `How pleasant to know Mr Lear!' But how well do we really know him? On the one hand he is, in John Ashbery's words, `one of the most popular poets who ever lived'; on the other hand he has often been overlooked or marginalized by scholars and in literary histories. James Williams's account, the first book-length critical study of the poet since the 1980s, sets out to re-introduce Lear and to accord him his proper place: as a major Victorian figure of continuing appeal and relevance, and especially as a poet of beauty, comedy, and profound ingenuity. Williams approaches Lear's work thematically, tracing some of its most fundamental subjects and situations. Grounded in attentive close readings, Williams also connects Lear's nonsense with his various other creative endeavours: as a zoological illustrator and landscape painter, a travel writer, and a prolific diarist and correspondent.

Author Biography

James Williams is a Lecturer in English Literature at the University of York. He is the co-editor, with Matthew Bevis, of Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry (OUP, 2016) and, with Anna Barton, of the forthcoming Edinburgh Companion to Nonsense. His publications include essays on Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Alfred Tennyson, Samuel Beckett, and Victorian comic verse, as well as the introduction and historical notes to Alice Goodman, History is Our Mother: Three Libretti (NYRB, 2017).
Release date NZ
September 27th, 2018
Pages
200
Edition
2nd Revised edition
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Liverpool University Press
Dimensions
165x220x25
ISBN-13
9780746312223
Product ID
28390414

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