Nonsense Songs and Stories

Facsimile of the 1888 Edition

Edward Lear

Edward Lear

Distributed for British Library

128 pages | 69 halftones | 6-7/10 x 8-1/2 | © 2009
Cloth $29.95 ISBN: 9780712350433 Published August 2009 For sale in North and South America only

Children around the world have heard of “The Owl and the Pussycat.” Perhaps they have even recounted the tale of “The Dong With a Luminous Nose” or “The Pobble Who Has No Toes”; maybe you have heard your own son or daughter singing along with “The Jumblies”: “They went to sea in a Sieve they did, In a Sieve they went to sea.” Edward Lear’s poetry and prose celebrates the unbridled joys of living and has influenced writers and illustrators as far-ranging as Terry Gilliam and Ricky Gervais. Nonsense Songs and Stories contains some of Lear’s best known poetry about real and imagined creatures, each characterized by the author’s irreverent view of the world and timeless, whimsical vision.

 

Whether you grew up with Lear’s flights of poetic fancy or a fan of his captivatingly clever illustrations, this volume is sure to delight, surprise, and inspire you.

Contents
By Way of Preface
 
Nonsense Songs
   The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
   The Duck and the Kangaroo
   The Daddy Long-legs and the Fly
   The Jumblies
   The Nutcrackers and the Sugar-tongs
   Calico Pie
   Mr. and Mrs. Spikky Sparrow
   The Broom, the Shovel, the Poker, and the Tongs
   The Table and the Chair
   The Dong with a Luminous Nose
   The Two Old Bachelors
   The Pelican Chorus
   The Yonghy-Bonghy Bò
   The Pobble Who Has No Toes
   The New Vestments
   Mr. And Mrs. Discobbolos
   The Quangle-Wangle's Hat
   The Cummerbund
   The Akond of Swat
 
Nonsense Stories
   The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World
   The History of the Seven Families
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