Edward Lear was one of the most unique talents in English literature, and this Wordsworth collection includes all the stories and verse of Lear's 'Book Of Nonsense', 'More Nonsense', 'Nonsense Songs', 'Nonsense Stories And Nonsense Alphabets', and even 'Nonsense Cookery'!

Lear was really the writer who advanced the popularity of the limerick, with his poems being particularly nonsensical. His nonsense verse, together with his equally strange and complementary illustrations, have enchanted children ever since his 'A Book of Nonsense' was first published in 1846.

The daft limericks are here, the endearing 'The Owl And The Pussy Cat', and lots of Edward Lear's equally endearing drawings. Lear's work is timeless, and though his work may be seen as for children, some of us older people enjoy it as much!

'Complete Nonsense' includes two of Edward Lear's humorous poems put to music - by Lear himself - 'The Pelican Chorus' and 'The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo'. Also included are the poems 'The Quangle Wangle's Hat', 'The Jumblies', 'The Table and the Chair', 'The Duck and the Kangaroo', 'The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly', 'The Pobble Who Has No Toes', and 'The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World', which features some of Lear's creations Quangle Wangle and Pussy. This story doesn't have a happy ending!

Possibly best of all are the drawings of Edward Lear's beloved cat, Foss (Lear even went to the lengths of having a new villa built exactly like his old one - so Foss could settle in more easily).

The introduction, preface, and Lear's 'By Way Of Preface' all help to paint a picture of the man himself. That man could come in use on a tedious journey, where you could happily wile away your time chuckling quietly to the great man's wacky creations!

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