Mr. Lear

A Life of Art and Nonsense by Jenny Uglow

  • Published: Aug 18, 2020

A sparkling biography of the poet and artist Edward Lear by the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow Edward Lear, the renowned English artist, musician, author, and poet, lived a vivid, fascinating life, but confessed, "I hardly enjoy any one thing on... read more

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Details of Mr. Lear

Exact title of the book
Mr. Lear
Book author
Jenny Uglow
ISBN
9780374113339
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Apr 17, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
608
File size (in PDF)
5472 kB

Some brief overview of book

A sparkling biography of the poet and artist Edward Lear by the award-winning biographer Jenny Uglow Edward Lear, the renowned English artist, musician, author, and poet, lived a vivid, fascinating life, but confessed, "I hardly enjoy any one thing on earth while it is present." He was a man in a hurry, "running about on railroads" from London to country estates and boarding steamships to Italy, Corfu, India, and Palestine. He is still loved for his "nonsenses," from startling, joyous limericks to great love poems like "The Owl and the Pussy Cat" and "The Dong with a Luminous Nose," and he is famous, too, for his brilliant natural history paintings, landscapes, and travel writing. But although Lear belongs solidly to the age of Darwin and Dickenshe gave Queen Victoria drawing lessons, and his many friends included Tennyson and the Pre-Raphaelite paintershis genius for the absurd and his dazzling wordplay make him a very modern spirit.

He speaks to us today. Lear was a man of great simplicity and charmchildren adored himyet his humor masked epilepsy, depression, and loneliness. Jenny Uglows beautifully illustrated biography, full of the color of the age, brings us his swooping moods, passionate friendships, and restless travels.

Above all, Mr. Lear shows how this uniquely gifted man lived all his life on the boundaries of rules and structures, disciplines and desiresan exile of the heart.

About author

Uglow has written biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth, and Sarah Losh, and the double-prize-winning The Lunar Men Five Friends Whose Curiosity Changed the World. Natures Engraver A Life of Thomas Bewick won the National Arts Writers Award, and A Gambling Man Charles IIs Restoration Game was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize. She lives in Canterbury, England.

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