Lear, Edward

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Lear, Edward Gender: M
born on 12 May 1812 at 23:30 (= 11:30 PM )
Place Holloway (London), England, 51n3325, 0w0702
Timezone LMT m0w0702 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Fisher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 22°01' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 19°10 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 09°42'

Edward Lear
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British writer, poet and landscape painter famed for light verse, nonsense poetry and limericks. His poem "Owl and the Pussycat" became a children's classic, although serious critics place him with the romantic school of poetry.

The youngest and 21st child of a stockbroker, he was forced to earn a living by drawing from the age of 15. While working for the London Zoo, 1832, he produced the "Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae," and met the earl of Derby, Edward Stanley, who engaged him to draw his menagerie at Knowsley Hall for four years. This is where he started his nonsense rhymes to entertain the earl's children and eventually brought him great popularity with the publication of "Book of Nonsense.") Lear's youthful drawing of a leopard has been compared to Blake's "Tyger" and his bird drawings compare favorably with Audubon's. Many consider his landscapes as being in a class with Turner's and his poetry as original as Tennyson's with the wit of Jane Austin.

Lear's diaries reveal that he had his share of loneliness, moodiness and fussiness with a trace of depression. Prone to epileptic seizures, he had enough prior warning to "melt away" from company allowing himself the dignity of being defined through his work and friendships, rather than personal moods and sorrows. Some biographers hint that Lear might have been homosexual due to a suspicious-sounding childhood trauma. Due to it Lear was left with an enigmatic lifelong complaint against a cousin who "did the greatest evil done to me in life."

He had trained his wonderful imagination on the outside world - its amazing birds, bugs, furry animals and plants, and the beauties, strangeness and odd discomfort of foreign societies. He died on 29 January 1888 in San Remo, Italy.

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  • Work : New Job 1832 (Worked at the London Zoo)
  • Work : New Job 1835 (Began landscape painting)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1846 (Published "Book of Nonsense")
  • Death, Cause unspecified 29 January 1888 at 12:00 noon in San Remo, Italy (Age 75)
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Source Notes

David Fisher quotes Vivien Noakes, "Edward Lear," for a letter from him to a friend dated May 12, 1882, "I ain't 70 till 11:30 tonight."


  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric
  • Traits : Personality : Shy (Lonely)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Epilepsy
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (21 kids)
  • Family : Childhood : Family traumatic event (Had unknown trauma that reshaped his life)
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (21st of 21)
  • Vocation : Art : Commercial artist (Illustrationist)
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Landscape painter, drawings)
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (Light verse and limeracks)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection