Edward Lear

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Birthday
12, 1812
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jan 29, 1888 (75)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
12, 1812
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jan 29, 1888 (75)

About

British poet, author, and artist remembered for his playful limericks. He is perhaps most famous for "The Owl and the Pussycat," an 1871 nonsense poem.

Before Fame

He was born into a family of twenty-one children. He began suffering in childhood from asthma, seizures, and depression.

Trivia

An artist as well as an author, he created drawings for his debut publication, which was entitled Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae, or Parrots.

Family Life

He proposed twice to a woman who was over forty years his junior, but she rejected both of his offers. He also had an unrequited attachment to Franklin Lushington, a longtime male friend.

Associated With

He was portrayed by renowned actor Derek Jacobi in a 2011 BBC radio drama.