Edward Lear

I can take or leave the Nonsense verse. It all seems pretty much of its time, and a mite repetitive, although I do like the Jumblies. No, what I really like are his landscapes, particularly those done on Corfu and in Albania.They have dash and tranquillity and show us a world now lost to Tourism. His biography reveals a sweet and rather unhappy man, socially guarded, principally because of his epilepsy, but also because of  what was possibly a suppressed homosexuality. His gaiety was of the old-fashioned sort but was most definitely there .

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Edward Lear