Follow Jenny's regular contributions - in the Guardian, the New York Review of Books or through her blog in the NYR Daily



Her most recent review - The Times Literary Supplement (March 2017) a review of Elizabeth Einberg's catalogue of Hogarth's paintings



Her latest book - published in October 2017, Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

 

Jenny will be talking about Edward Lear at the following events:


2017

 

Monday 3rd October: Faber Members evening, London

 

Saturday 7th October: BBC History Weekend, Winchester

 

Sunday 8th October: Borderlines Book Festival, Carlisle

 

Friday 13th October: Cheltenham Literary Festival

 

Saturday 14th October: Thame Arts and Literature Festival

 

Thursday 9th November: Daunts Books, London

 

Friday 10th November: Ways with Words, Southwold

 

2018

 

2nd-4th March: Aldeburgh Literary Festival

 

7th-8th April: Cambridge Literary Festival



Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense

We know Edward Lear as a genius of nonsense, full of shocks and surprises, and as a poet of strange loves: the Owl and the Pussy Cat, the Duck and the Kangaroo. We may know him too, for his astounding paintings of parrots and owls, or for his luminous landscapes. But do we know that he taught Queen Victoria to draw, travelled alone across the wild Albanian mountains, or waded through muddy fields with Tennyson? Lear lived all his life on the borders of rules and structures, of disciplines and desires. Children adored him and adults loved him, yet somehow he was always alone. This beautiful volume, a fresh and joyful appreciation, follows Lear from his troubled childhood to his striving as an artist, tracking his swooping moods, passionate friendships and restless travels. And, as we follow him, his ‘nonsenses’ are elegantly unpicked - without losing any of their fun.

Published 5 October 2017

You can order Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense now through Faber and Faber or through Amazon ISBN-1: 9780571269549

 

 


 

 

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