Edward Lear Biography

Poet, Illustrator (1812–1888)
English painter and comic poet Edward Lear popularized the limerick and wrote the nonsense poem "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat."


Born in 1812, Edward Lear produced the illustrated poetry collection Book of Nonsense (1846) for the Earl of Derby's grandchildren. His other works include Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany and Alphabets (1871), containing “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat,” and Laughable Lyrics (1877). He is best known for popularizing the limerick. Epileptic and depressive, Lear left England in 1837 and died in 1888.

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