Edward Lear (12 May 1812 – 29 January 1888) was a British artist, illustrator, author, and poet, renowned today primarily for his literary nonsense, in poetry and prose, and especially his limericks, a form that he popularised. From childhood he suffered ill health, including epilepsy, of which he was ashamed, and depression. He travelled widely over much of his life before settling in Sanremo. He never managed to marry, though he did propose it, but he had good friends and doted on his cat. When, after a long decline in health, he died of heart disease, sadly, none of his friends was able to attend his funeral.
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... and perform a slot in the programme based on Edward Lear's Nonsense Rhymes ... songs was his recording of the Victor Hely-Hutchinson setting of Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat ... This recording was one of six song recordings he made of Edward Lear's nonsense verse, the others being the Dudley Glass settings of The Duck and the Kangaroo ...
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“There was an Old Man in a tree,
Who was horribly bored by a bee;”
—Edward Lear (18121888)