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Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry

James Williams and Matthew Bevis


Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry is the first collection of critical essays on the poetry of Edward Lear. Of all the Victorian poets, Lear has a good claim to the widest audience: admired and championed by critics and poets from John Ruskin to John Ashbery, he has also been read, heard, and loved by generations of children. As a central figure in the literature of nonsense Lear has shaped the evolution of modern literature, and his work continues to influence and inspire writers and readers. Until now, scholarly criticism has been slow to catch up with, and reckon with, the popularity of Lea ... More

Keywords: Edward Lear, poetry, nonsense, Victorian poetry, criticism, modern poetry, influence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198708568
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Williams, editor
University of York

Matthew Bevis, editor
Keble College, Oxford