[Distributed Books]: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat and other stories


The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
and other stories

Edward Lear

Published by the British Library and Distributed by the University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: February 15, 2013 80 pages, 29 halftones
ISBN-13: 978-0-7123-5876-7 Cloth $10.00

Beloved by adults and children of all ages, Edward Lear’s nonsense songs and stories are instantly recognizable for their humorous flights of fancy. Although the subject and form of his works vary greatly, all of Lear’s poems can be characterized by his irreverent view of the world, which has led many critics to view Lear’s nonsense books as his way of undermining the all-pervasive orderliness and industriousness of Victorian society. Regardless of his inspiration or impetus, the appeal of Lear’s poems and illustrations has proved timeless.

In this new compilation from the British Library, fifteen of the best-loved tales are presented alongside Lear’s original illustrations. In addition to the classic tale “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,” the book includes whimsical stories about the adventures of imagined creatures, such as “The Jumblies,” “The Pobble Who Has No Toes,” and “The Quangle Wangle’s Hat.”
Edward Lear (1812–88) was an English artist, writer, and illustrator known for his works of literary nonsense, in both poetry and prose.
Please contact Micah Fehrenbacher at (773) 702-7717 or micahf@uchicago.edu for more information.



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