Complete Nonsense, Paperback Book
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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat, Calico Pie and The Pobble Who Has No Toes, together with Edward Lear's crazy limericks, have entertained adults and children alike for over 100 years. This edition, illustrated by the author, contains all the verse and stories of the Book of Nonsense, More Nonsense, Nonsense Songs, Nonsense Stories, Nonsense Alphabets and Nonsense Cookery.

It has a biographical Preface by Lear himself, and concludes with some delightful 'heraldic' sketches of his cat, Foss.


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Everyone likes a limerick every once in a while, but reading all of Edward Lear's limericks in a sitting is too much of a good thing. For one thing, none of them are particularly memorable, and after a while they become tedious. Granted, they were written for children, so there are no "there once was a girl from Nantucket..." type limericks, but still I expected to find some that were so clever, they would stick in my brain. As to his tales, "The Owl and the Pussycat" is the most well-known, but "The Two Old Bachelors" and "The New Vestments" are worth a reading just for the creepiness of them. The rest are...well see the comments above about the limericks. Contents: The Book of Nonsense, More Nonsense, Nonsense Songs: The Owl and the Pussy-Cat; The Duck and the Kangaroo; The Daddy Long-Legs and the Fly; The Jumblies; The Nutcrackers and the Sugar-Tongs; Calico Pie; Mr. and Mrs. Spikey Sparrow; The Broom, The Shovel, the Poker and the Tongs; The Table and the Chair; The Dong with the Luminous Nose; The Two Old Bachelors; The Pelican Chorus; The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo; The Pobble Who Has No Toes; the New Vestments; Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos--First Part; Mr. and Mrs. Discobbolos--Second Part; the Quangle Wangle's Hat; The Cummerbund; The Akond of Swat; Incidents in the Life of my Uncle Arly; Eclogue; Nonsense Stories and Alphabets: The Story of the Four Little Children Who Went Round the World; The History of the Seven Families of the Lake Pipple-Popple; Nonsense Alphabets; Nonsense Cookery; The Heraldic Blazon of Foss the Cat

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