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Sunday, October 29, 2000

More than just make believe
Review of Jackie Wullschlager, HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN: The Life of a Storyteller.
Wullschlager is right to give Andersen the credit for being the first person to choose the fairy story as a literary form and then invent new ones, thereby paving the way for Lewis Carroll and the British "golden age" of Victorian and Edwardian fantasy literature for children, not to mention many European books of the same sort. The Grimms, working at the same period, collected and wrote up fairy tales, changing them massively in the process, but unlike Andersen they never dared to invent from scratch.
The Sunday Times
posted by Marco Graziosi 1:56 PM

Friday, October 27, 2000

Why did Lear write 4 {2, 3, 5, 6} line limericks?
An expert's answer to a frequently asked question.
posted by Marco Graziosi 3:46 AM

Wednesday, October 25, 2000

The cat poet
Eliot, a fan of the nonsense verse of Edward Lear, had been writing these thumpa-dump rhythm poems to amuse the children of his associates at the London publishing house, Faber and Faber, where Eliot worked. The book is dedicated to several children and to "the Man in White Spats," presumably a cat.
The Spokesman-Review.com
posted by Marco Graziosi 2:00 PM

Thursday, October 19, 2000

Karneval - Ensemble - Karneval der Tiere: Musiktheater mit Puppen für Menschen ab 6 Jahren
Pages on a musical play with music by Camille Saint-Saëns and a text which uses Hans Magnus Enzensberger's translation of The Duck and the Kangaroo.
In German.
posted by Marco Graziosi 2:47 PM

Edward Lear, Choropiskeros, Corfu, a watercolour with pen, ink and coloured chalks
Here the precision and colouring of the distant landscape show the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites, whose style he attempted to emulate after meeting William Holman Hunt in 1852. The foreground, however, shows a free, bold handling in the manner of Turner, whose taste for the sublime in landscape he shared.
Compass — thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
posted by Marco Graziosi 2:40 PM

Edward Lear, L is much disturbed by several large flies, a drawing in pen and ink
This jolly sketch, in the manner of his comic illustrations, records an incident on a journey through Italy with his servant Giorgio Kokoli ('K'). This is one of twenty-one from the series in the British Museum's collections; they picture the mundane frustrations of the traveller with whimsical humour.
[I'm not so sure the journey was with Giorgio — Marco]
Compass — thebritishmuseum.ac.uk
posted by Marco Graziosi 2:37 PM

Calico Pie - SBMP 241
Timothy STRANG's music for Lear's poem.
posted by Marco Graziosi 2:32 PM

Lost in Goreyland, Pursued by a Hippo
The somehow cheerful drawing on the curtain — a headless man reclining comfortably on a pedestal — that greets theatergoers at "The Gorey Details" sends just the right message about the performance that is about to begin.
Date: October 17, 2000
Source: The New York Times | Section: Arts
posted by Marco Graziosi 6:57 AM

Edward Gorey: Master of the Macabre, Prolific and Dead
After Edward Gorey died in April, Andreas Brown, one of the executors of his estate, visited Gorey´s 200-year-old, 15-room house in Yarmouth Port, Mass. He discovered hundreds of stories and sketches, some finished , some unfinished.
Date: October 16, 2000
Source: The New York Times | Section: Arts
posted by Marco Graziosi 6:54 AM

Off-Broadway 'Musicale' Unveils Gorey Details, Oct. 16
posted by Marco Graziosi 6:17 AM


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