Mr Lear : A Life of Art and Nonsense
by Jenny Uglow
Editor: FABER & FABER
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Renowned historian Jenny Uglow brings us an exciting and beautifully illustrated biography of Edward Lear, full of the color of ageEdward Lear lived the vivid, fascinating, energetic colors of life, but confessed, “I hardly enjoy anything on earth while he is presentHe was a man in a hurry, “running on railways”, from London, properties and boarding steamers from Italy, Corfu, India and PalestineHe is always loved for his “nonsense”, from surprising, joyful limericks to great love songs like “The Owl and the Cat Cat” and “The Dong with a Bright Nose, and he is also famous for his brilliant natural history of paintings, landscapes and travel writing.But although Lear firmly belongs to the age of Darwin and Dickens – he gave Queen Victoria drawing lessons, and his many friends included Tennyson and the pre-Raphaelite painters – his genius of the absurd and his dazzling pun to make him a very modern mindHe speaks to us todayLear is a man of great simplicity and charm: children loved him, but his humor masked epilepsy, depression and lonelinessJenny Uglow is beautifully illustrated biography, full of the color of age, brings us her good humor, passionate, friendly and restless traveling / Above all, he shows how this unique gift man lived all his life on the limits of rules and structures, disciplines and desires – an exile from the heart
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