Sara Lodge is Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of St Andrews, specializing in nineteenth-century literature and culture. She is the author of Thomas Hood and Nineteenth-Century Poetry and Jane Eyre: A Reader's Guide to Criticism. Lodge has also worked as a speechwriter for the United Nations Secretary-General in New York and, as a journalist, writes regularly for the British and American press.
This is a dazzling book, certainly the best study of Lear yet written.--Richard Cronin, University of Glasgow Edward Lear is one of those figures that everyone knows but few know much about. Lodge's book represents a delightfully crisp and engaging introduction to Lear's whole artistic career without losing sight of the humour and zest that keep him close to the hearts of adults and children alike. Never did nonsense make so much sense.--Jon Mee, University of York Brilliantly original and deeply researched, Sara Lodge's account of Lear's tragicomic life and work will confirm his standing among the greatest of the Victorians.--Dinah Birch, University of Liverpool Inventing Edward Lear is an exceptional, valuable, original study, presenting new materials on aspects of Lear's life and work.--Jenny Uglow, author of Mr Lear and The Lunar Men