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Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense
 

Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Main)

By Uglow, Jenny

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Edward Lear's poems follow and break the rules. They abide by the logic of syntax, the linking of rhyme and the dance of rhythm, and these 'nonsenses' are full of joy - yet set against darkness. Where do these human-like animals and birds and these odd adventures - some gentle, s...ome violent, some musical, some wild - come from? His many drawings that accompany his verse are almost hyper-real, as if he wants to free the creatures from the page. They exist nowhere else in literature, springing only from Lear's imagination.Lear lived all his life on the borders of rules and structures, of disciplines and desires. He vowed to ignore politics yet trembled with passionate sympathies. He depended on patrons and moved in establishment circles, yet he never belonged among them and mocked imperial attitudes. He loved men yet dreamed of marriage - but remained, it seems, celibate, wrapped in himself. Even in his family he was marginal, at once accepted and rejected. Surrounded by friends, he was alone. If we follow him across land and sea - to Italy, Greece and Albania, to The Levant and Egypt and India - and to the borderlands of spirit and self, art and desire, can we see, in the end, if the nonsense makes sense? This is what Jenny Uglow has set sail to find out.
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ISBN 9780571269556
Released NZ 3 Dec 2019
Publisher Faber and Faber
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main
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ISBN-13 9780571269556
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Faber and Faber
Imprint Faber & Faber
Released 3 Dec 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Main
Edition Main
Author(s) By Uglow, Jenny
Category Literary Studies: 19Th Century
Poetry & Poets
Number of Pages 656
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 40mm
Dewey Code 821.8
Weight 550g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Authors, English - Biography - 19th century, Artists - Biography - Great Britain
NBS Text Literary Criticism
ONIX Text General/trade

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