Cover: Inventing Edward Lear, from Harvard University PressCover: Inventing Edward Lear in HARDCOVER

Inventing Edward Lear

Add to Cart

Product Details


$29.95 • £23.95 • €27.00

ISBN 9780674971158

Publication Date: 11/30/2018


448 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

17 color photos, 98 photos


Sets the standard for future work. This is criticism that, far from smashing its subject into submission, brings Lear’s poetry, art and music to life, lighting up the imagination and inviting us to revisit the songs and limericks we think we know from childhood.—Anna Barton, The Times Literary Supplement

Deeply knowledgeable and sharply written… Lodge has not written a biography of Lear, though her book is full of biographical information. It is more a study in contexts, returning Lear to the local sources from which his apparently autonomous imaginative world originally gathered its strength… [A] rich and sympathetic book.—Seamus Perry, Literary Review

Seeks to capture the multiple facets of Lear’s talent… The great achievement of Lodge’s richly illustrated and carefully researched and referenced work is to convey the reach and rigor of Lear’s ‘concrete and fastidious’ mind alongside his discomfiting combination of dazzling self-confidence and intense self-loathing.—Ranti Williams, Standpoint

An elegant, well-considered romp.The Providence Journal

Lodge brings to this wide-ranging study of Edward Lear (1812–88) a combination of erudition and enthusiasm.Choice

Inventing Edward Lear is an exceptional, valuable, original study, presenting new materials on aspects of Lear’s life and work.—Jenny Uglow, author of Mr. Lear and The Lunar Men

This is a dazzling book, certainly the best study of Lear yet written.—Richard Cronin, University of Glasgow

Brilliantly original and deeply researched, Sara Lodge’s account of Lear’s tragicomic life and work will confirm his standing among the greatest of the Victorians.—Dinah Birch, University of Liverpool

Edward Lear is one of those figures that everyone knows but few know much about. Lodge’s book represents a delightfully crisp and engaging introduction to Lear’s whole artistic career without losing sight of the humour and zest that keep him close to the hearts of adults and children alike. Never did nonsense make so much sense.—Jon Mee, University of York

Recent News

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. A statement from HUP »

From Our Blog

Graphic: Golden yellow stylized sun

HUP ReadUP: Summer Reads

We asked our colleagues, “What is one word you would use to describe an ideal summer read?” Their answers range across all the summer feels, from those easygoing lazy hazy days to that voltage of energy that fires up a reawakening. What’s more, their responses include book recommendations sure to help you breeze through the sunny season—from our own library as well as those of fellow university presses.