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Mr Lear

by Jenny Uglow

Mr Lear Synopsis

A Daily Telegraph, Times, Evening Standard, TLS and Spectator Book of the Year. Winner of the Hawthornden Prize. Edward Lear is well-loved for his 'nonsenses', from joyous limericks to great love songs, and for his wonderful natural history paintings, landscapes and travel writing. But although Lear belongs to the age of Darwin and Dickens, his genius for the absurd and his dazzling word-play make him a very modern spirit. He was also a man of great simplicity and charm - children loved him - yet his humour masked epilepsy, depression and loneliness. Jenny Uglow's beautifully illustrated biography brings us his swooping moods, passionate friendships and restless travels. Above all it shows how this uniquely gifted man lived all his life on the boundaries of disciplines and desires - an exile of the heart.

Mr Lear Press Reviews

Jenny Uglow, Edward Lear's most sensitive biographer to date, does him proud. -- A. N.Wilson, Literary Review Quite wonderful. -- Guardian Jenny Uglow has written a great life about an artist with half a life, a biography that might break your heart. -- Robert McCrum, Observer A wonderfully sharp and sympathetic biography. --Mail on Sunday A splendid portrait of this remarkable man. --SundayTimes

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571269556
Publication date: 17th October 2019
Author: Jenny Uglow
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 656 pages
Categories: Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 ,

About Jenny Uglow

Jenny Uglow 's books include prize-winning biographies of Elizabeth Gaskell, William Hogarth and Sarah Losh. The Lunar Men, published in 2002, was described by Richard Holmes as 'an extraordinarily gripping account', while Nature's Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, won the National Arts Writers Award and A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. Her most recent book is In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon's Wars, 1793-1815. She lives in Canterbury.

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