Primary sources


Lear, Edward, Complete Nonsense, ed. Vivien Noakes (London: Penguin, 2006).


Lear, Edward, Selected Letters, ed. Vivien Noakes (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988).

Lear, Edward, 'Over The Land and Over The Sea': Selected Nonsense and Travel Writings, ed. Peter Swaab (Manchester: Fyfield/Carcanet, 2005).


Tennyson, Alfred, The Letters of Alfred Lord Tennyson, eds. Cecil Lang and Edgar F. Shannon (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1981-92), 3 vols.


Tennyson, Alfred, and Lear, Edward, Poems by Alfred Lord Tennyson, illustrated by Edward Lear (London: Boussod, Valadon & Co, 1889).


Tennyson, Emily Sellwood, The Letters of Emily Lady Tennyson, ed. James O. Hoge (London: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1974).


Secondary sources

Bernard Martin, Robert, Tennyson: The Unquiet Heart (London: Faber and Faber, 1980).

Noakes, Vivien, Edward Lear: Life of a Wanderer, rev. ed. (Stroud: Sutton, 2004).


Pitman, Ruth, Edward Lear’s Tennyson (Manchester: Carcanet, 1988).


Tennyson, Hallam, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by his Son, 2 vols. (London: Macmillan, 1897).

Thwaite, Ann, Emily Tennyson: The Poet's Wife (London: Faber and Faber, 2006).

Uglow, Jenny, Mr Lear: A Life of Art and Nonsense (London: Faber and Faber, 2017).

Williams, James and Bevis, Matthew (eds.), Edward Lear and the Play of Poetry (Oxford: OUP, 2016).


Williams, James, Edward Lear (Tavistock: Northcote House Press, 2018).


On Lear:


On Lear’s artwork and travels:


Lear’s digitized manuscripts, paintings, letters, and other material at Harvard University:$1i


On the Tennysons’ home: