Acclaimed biographer Jenny Uglow brings us a joyful and moving appreciation of Edward Lear’s extraordinary life and work. From troubled childhood to striving artist, she tracks his swooping moods, passionate friendships and restless travels. His ‘nonsenses’ are elegantly unpicked, his complex poetic genius revealed. Jenny Uglow’s latest book, Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense is an illustrated biography of Lear, as natural history artist, landscape painter, travel writer and loveable outsider – as well as the much-loved author of ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’ and a host of hilarious limericks.
A critic and consultant for over 40 years Jenny regularly appears in the Guardian, the New York Review of Books or through her blog in the NYR Daily She also writes for The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, and The Beano. Her other books include: In These Times: Living in Britain through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815, Elizabeth Gaskell: A Habit of Stories, Hogarth: A Life and a World , The Lunar Men: The Friends who Made the Future, Nature’s Engraver: A Life of Thomas Bewick, A Gambling Man: Charles II and the Restoration and The Pinecone: The Story of Sarah Losh.