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In this illustrated talk Jenny Uglow explores the contradictory genius of Edward Lear, a man of great simplicity and charm, adored by children, whose humour masked epilepsy, depression and loneliness. In his own time he was famous for his brilliant natural history paintings, landscapes and travel writing, but he is now best loved for his 'nonsenses', from limericks to love songs like 'The Owl and the Pussy Cat' and 'The Dong with a Luminous Nose'.

East Stratton Village Hall

Winchester, SO21 3XA

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