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Nonsense verse in England is generally thought to have its origins in Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll. This work shows the extent of its flourishing a full 250 years earlier, with the work of such now nearly forgotten nonsense poets as Sir John Hoskyns and John Taylor. It presents an anthology of their work, much of it published here for the first time since the 17th century. The introduction discusses the origins and development of the genre in England and the history of medieval and Renaissance nonsense poetry in Europe.
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'What a versatile scholar Noel Malcolm is!... He has produced a work of equal erudition and great originality on a hitherto totally neglected, but curious and interesting subject: the 'nonsense poetry' of the early 17th century...and it is only through Mr Malcolm's brilliant scholarship that we can appreciate this missing chapter of our literary history.' Hugh Trevor Roper, Sunday Telegraph 'A readable, scholarly book...Malcolm restores to nonsense verse its rightful historical role as a medium for satire and parody and reckless play. He has helped rescue nonsense from whimsy.' Ian Sansom, Guardian 'A brilliant, argumentative book...Malcolm is a fine critic, and this exemplary study displays an exquisite literary sensibility operating at the height of its powers.' Robert McCrum, Observer 'A masterly piece of research...I do hope this publication will be applauded. People get chairs for less.' Peter Levi, Literary Review 'An elegant, enjoyable book which is a real contribution to literary history.' Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times 'A delight.' Mark Archer, Spectator
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Book Description Harper Collins, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First Edition, First Printing (Full Number Line). NOT price-clipped (£18.00 price intact). Published by Harper Collins, 1997. Octavo. Black cloth boards stamped in silver. Book is new; clean, tight, sharp corners, bright spine lettering. Dust jacket is new. No writing, highlighting, underlining, dog ears, etc. No rips or tears. Pages and boards crisp and straight. Spine un-broken with no spine lean. Book in un-read condition. Not a book club edition. Not a remainder. 329 pages. ISBN: 0-00-255827-0. 100% positive feedback. 30 day money back guarantee. NEXT DAY SHIPPING! Excellent customer service. Please email with any questions or if you would like a photo. All books packed carefully and ships with free delivery confirmation/tracking. All books come with free bookmarks. Ships from Southampton, New York. Seller Inventory # ABE-1515341773170
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0002558270