Mr Lear

History Revealed - - HERE & NOW BOOKS -

By Jenny Uglow Faber and Faber, £25, 608 pages, hard­back

The 19th-cen­tury artist and au­thor Ed­ward Lear is best known to­day for his non­sen­si­cal lim­er­icks, but he had many other strings to his bow: poet, il­lus­tra­tor, mu­si­cian. This ten­der bi­og­ra­phy ex­plores his trav­els, his com­pli­cated re­la­tion­ships, and how those non­sense verses can help us make sense of their cre­ator.

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