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It was probably some years ago that I looked in a catalogue of old second-hand books and saw for sale at the price of a guinea, 21 shillings, or in the coin of our realm about $3, a copy of Lear's Journals. I had had my eyes opened about Edward Lear even earlier when my wife showed me some books of perfectly fantastic pictures Lear had drawn of parrots and suchlike exotic birds. Edward Lear, I had known, was a competitor of Louis Carroll and others for laurels as writers of nonsense verse. I was not then aware that nonsense verse was simply a way Lear had of diverting himself when he felt frustrated in his more serious efforts at painting, drawing, and sketching. His Journals provide the person who has not traveled a great deal in out of the way islands and countries of the Mediterranean or the
Bean WB. Edward Lear's Journals. Arch Intern Med. 1965;115(5):617–618. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03860170099026
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