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Selected Letters By Edward Lear

Selected Letters by Edward Lear

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A selection of letters written by Edward Lear to artists, painters, zoologists, politicians and his sister. The correspondence spans his writing life and includes descriptions of his travels to Europe and the Middle East. This book is published on the centenary of his death.

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Selected Letters by Edward Lear

This is the first edition of Edward Lear's letters for nearly eighty years, and the first to draw on all his known correspondence, which is now scattered in private and public collections throughout the world. Most of the letters have never before been published. They span the years from 1826 to 1888, tracing both his private life and his career - as landscape painter, traveller, nonsense writer, and one of the greatest ornithological draughtsmen this country has ever produced. They vividly illustrate the hardships and excitements of 19th-century travel, the happy ebullience of the nonsense writer, and the sad loneliness of a man isolated by the secret of his epilepsy. The letters are characteristic and revealing - particularly those to his sister Ann, which form the most important correspondence of his life. To all his correspondents, however, from zoologists to painters, politicians to children, he wrote with an artist's vivid observation, and with complete originality.

Selected Letters Reviews

'well-edited selection' Sunday Telegraph 'The scrupulously edited letters enable us to hear him clearly' Sunday Times 'a volume put together with authority by Vivien Noakes' Guardian 'his letters, admirably selected and expertly edited by Vivien Noakes, are in large part a pictureque travelogue.' Observer 'Vivien Noakes, Lear's earlier biographer, provides an extensve selection of his letters, meticulously edited and scrupulously annotated. The letters are spr inkled with comic drawings, graced with a wit and fluency of line which make one realise how lifeless the illustrations to the nonsense books have been made by Victorian prcocesses of reproduction.' Times Literary Supplement, 29.7.88 'The delights of this limited selection emphasise all the more clearly the need for a complete edition of the correspondence.' Financial Times 'scholarly new edition' The London Evening Standard 'modest and classic publication ... I can think of no likely collection of modern letters by a painter or a poet that I would treasure like old Lear's' Daily Telegraph Mrs Noakes is the Egeris of Edward Lear studies, and everyone is in debt to her patient research... a concise but rich volume, crisply annotated' Alan Bell, The Spectator 'Vivien Noakes's Selected Letters ... is a model of intelligent service to Lear, as was her biography of him. Readers of Lear owe her a debt so great that it cannot be paid but only acknowledged.' Country Life 'One learns more about the 'complicated personality' through Vivien Noakes' excellent Selected Letters ... included in the letters are the enchanting drawings that appear in the originals.' Gay Times 'handsome and immaculately edited selection of his letters ... For all lovers of that 'Derry down Derry' there can be nohing but gratitude for this rich selection, in which fun and good sense are always present. We must be grateful to Ms Noakes for her masterly editing and to Oxford for making such a handsome and durable book.' The Junior Bookshelf This welcome book reveals his rich personality in all its moods.' Day by Day 'This selection is expertly edited by the author of a recent sterling biography of Lear.' Martin Fagg, Church Times 'It's almost like listening in on a private chat.' Times Educational Supplement 'sensitive and perceptive' Susan Shatto, Queen's University of Belfast, Notes and Queries, March 1991

About Edward Lear

Noakes is the leading authority on Lear and author of his biography.

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Selected Letters by Edward Lear
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