Edward Lear

1812 - 1888

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Edward Lear (12 May 1812, Holloway – 29 January 1888, Sanremo) was an English artist, illustrator, musician, author and poet, now known mostly for his literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially his limericks, a form he popularised. His principal areas of work as an artist were threefold: as a draughtsman employed to illustrate birds and animals; making coloured drawings during his journeys, which he reworked later, sometimes as plates for his travel books; and as a (minor) illustrator of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's poems. As an author, he is known principally for his popular nonsense collections of poems, songs, short stories, botanical drawings, recipes and alphabets. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Lear has received more than 745,884 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 38 in 2019). Edward Lear is the 1,540th most popular writer (up from 1,560th in 2019), the 1,205th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,175th in 2019) and the 139th most popular British Writer.

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Among writers, Edward Lear ranks 1,540 out of 5,794Before him are Robert Silverberg, Per Wahlöö, Josep Pla, Alphonse Allais, John Edward Williams, and Viktor Suvorov. After him are Jules Romains, Trygve Gulbranssen, Valery Bryusov, Rubem Fonseca, Gil Vicente, and Symeon the Metaphrast.

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Among people born in 1812, Edward Lear ranks 19Before him are Robert Browning, Maria Cristina of Savoy, Sigismond Thalberg, Natalia Pushkina, Friedrich von Flotow, and Amélie of Leuchtenberg. After him are Paul Abadie, Zuo Zongtang, Georges-Charles de Heeckeren d'Anthès, Pertevniyal Sultan, Berthold Auerbach, and Countess Claudine Rhédey von Kis-Rhéde. Among people deceased in 1888, Edward Lear ranks 25Before him are Johannes Zukertort, Namık Kemal, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay, Annie Chapman, and Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen. After him are Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes, Dora d'Istria, Charles Cros, Jean-Marie Guyau, and Princess Helena of Nassau.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Edward Lear ranks 1,205 out of 6,924Before him are Jill Ireland (1936), John Russell, 1st Earl Russell (1792), Emily Watson (1967), William Walton (1902), Jeffrey Archer (1940), and Bill Ward (1948). After him are R. G. Collingwood (1889), Glenn Hughes (1951), Sophie, Countess of Wessex (1965), Domnall mac Ailpín (812), Lewis Hamilton (1985), and Pattie Boyd (1944).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Edward Lear ranks 139Before him are Evelyn Waugh (1903), Vita Sackville-West (1892), Samuel Pepys (1633), Seamus Heaney (1939), John Webster (1578), and Walafrid Strabo (808). After him are James Hilton (1900), Michael Moorcock (1939), John Gay (1685), Robert Southey (1774), Neil Gaiman (1960), and Dorothy L. Sayers (1893).