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The Book of Nonsense edited by R.L. Green. Published by E.P. Dutton & Company in 1956.

Illustrated by Charles Folkard, with original drawings by Tenniel, Lear, Furniss, Holiday, Hughes, Shepard, and others.


Part of the "Children's Illustrated Classics Series". "Bound in Sundour cloth with special designs for the binding, end-papers and jackets by Alexander H. Williamson".

Some illustrations in color, but most are in black and white.


266 pages / 5.5 x 8.25 x 1.1 inches / 14 x 21 x 2.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

The book jacket has some teras & some wear. The book itself is in great condition & really awesome. Owls! Deer!

The pages are in great shape.


Anthologies of nonsense usually begin with Edward Lear, but, as the present collection shows, even the ancient Greeks did not always confine themselves to sense. A medieval nonsense poem leads the way to a selection of nonsense rhymes of varying dates--but it is almost as surprising to find Ben Jonson and Shakespeare in such a collection as it is to find Swift and Dr Johnson. From their 'Age of Reason' come such famous examples of nonsense as the 'Grand Panjadrum' and the original version of Baron Munchausen's adventures, besides several other poems and verses, and the early years of the nineteenth century have several unexpected representations. Stuwwelpeter and Lear's earliest limericks usher in the richest period of all, culminating in The Hunting of the Snark. But Lewis Carroll is also represented by many of his best known nonsense poems, as well as by a selection of prose extracts from his letters and miscellaneous works which will prove a new and delightful surprise to many readers. Lear's nonsense story of The Four Little Children deserves also to be as well known as the nonsense songs which are here too--from 'The Owl and the Pussy Cat' to 'The Quangle Wangle's Hat'.

But the riches of the last hundred years are not exhausted by the famous nonsense writers. The present collection contains verses to rank with them by authors ranging from Christina Rossetti, Andrew Lang, Mrs Molesworth and E. Nesbit to Robert Louis Stevonson and Hilaire Belloc, A.A. Milne and C.S. Lewis.

Finally, a dozen or so of Oral Nonsense Rhymes, most of which seem never to have appeared in print, round off this thoroughly comprehensive Book of Nonsense, chosen and introduced by that expert in the field of children's literature, Roger Lancelyn Green.


Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, J.R. Planche, Henry Carey, Sarah Catherine Martin, William Roscoe, Richard Scrafton Sharpe, Thomas Love Peacock, D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson, William Brighty Rands, Christina Rossetti, Tom Hood, D.F. Alderson, Edward Cannon, Nixon Waterman, Edward Abbott Parry, Hilaire Belloc, A.A. Milne, C.S. Lewis, Cuthbert Bede, Andrew Lang, William Shakespeare, Swift, Ben Jonson, Samuel Johnson, W.M. Thackeray, Charles Dickens, Robert Louis Stevenson & more.

The Book of Nonsense edited by R.L. Green


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