Definition of Edward Lear from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Edward Lear

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(1812-88) an English nonsense writer and painter. He spent his early career drawing and painting animals, and in 1832 began work as a painter for the Earl of Derby. He wrote A Book of Nonsense (1846) for the Earl's grandchildren, and it was the first of a series of books of nonsense poetry containing limericks, drawings and longer poems such as The Owl and the Pussy-Cat and The Dong with a Luminous Nose.