Edward Lear

Poet / Humorist

Born: 12 May 1812
Died: 29 January 1888
Birthplace: London, England
Best known as: The author of The Owl and the Pussycat
Edward Lear was a highly-regarded nature and landscape artist, but he is much better remembered for the whimsical nonsense poetry and limericks he produced throughout his life. Among his best-known works are The Owl and the Pussycat, The Dong With a Luminous Nose, and The Jumblies.
Extra credit: Lear once gave drawing lessons to Queen Victoria... He is sometimes compared with his fellow nonsense author Lewis Carroll... Lear's former home in London is now the Edward Lear Hotel.

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