Tomorrow I will resume posting Edward Lear’s diaries from the date I stopped over a year ago.
I will try to publish two-three entries a day until I reach the end of 1865, at which point Lear will be in Malta: the journal for that period is available in John Varriano’s book, so I will skip it. I expect to be able to begin posting day by day at a 150-year interval again by the summer.
In the next few days Lear will be going on a tour of the French and Italian Riviera and as some of the watercolours for the trip are available on the Houghton Library website, the posts will also be “illustrated.”
I hope you will enjoy the blog and look forward to reading your comments.
I am sorry to announce that I will not be posting Edward Lear’s diaries for some time due to health problems in the family. I hope I’ll be able to resume around Christmas time.
There are no entries for 4-7 June 1864 in Lear’s journals, but there are some great news today on the creation of an Edward Lear Society.
Normal posts will resume tomorrow.
The diaries of Edward Lear’s visit to Crete, covering 4 April – 31 May 1864, have long been available in Rowena Fowler’s excellent edition of Edward Lear: The Cretan Journal, first published in 1984, and currently available in its third edition from Denise Harvey (Publisher). Both Rowena and Denise have always been very supportive and kind, even to the point of forgetting to ask me to skip this period, but I feel it would be unfair to post material that might damage sales of their beautiful book: in addition to a reliable text of the journal, you will get a useful introduction and notes, as well as many colour and b/w illustrations reproducing Lear’s watercolours of this period. All for an incredible price (£12!) from the publisher’s website; Edward Lear: The Corfu Years, edited by Philip Sherrard, is also still available.
The book also includes a list of all Lear’s Cretan drawings, edited by Stephen Duckworth and available at his website Edward Lear and Crete.
Rowena Fowler has also edited and published on the web Edward Lear’s Grecian Travels.
See you on 1 June.
There are no entries in Edward Lear’s diaries from 5 June to 23 June. See you here on 24 June!
I’ll use this break to post a few previously unpublished letters Lear wrote to Italian correspondents on the Blog of Bosh.
You may have noticed that for the last two days my eyes and my brain have sometimes been at odds, the latter not being able to make sense of what the former saw.
Went to their house, & saw little Alice M. & walked again with her father: a man I always [a bore not loved][.] ?
For indeed I think far more than those with [a suppose]. ?????
Now you have an opportunity to help me reconcile my disconnected faculties. Houghton Library has published scans of the whole diaries online: here is the list of volumes with links.
I will be adding links to the single scanned spreads to every post from now on (and will try to update past entries too) so that you can correct my transcripts: you can either write your notes in the comments or e-mail me at marco dot graziosi at gmail dot com.
Try with the image for the above nonsense transcripts here.
Thanks for your help!
I have updated the post for 23 September 1860 adding the Greek transcript and translation, a well-known anecdote about Lady Waldegrave.
Many thanks to Nina Bouri, who has volunteered to help with the Greek.
I’m writing this on my iPhone, a hard task, as my dsl connection melted last Friday while I was uploading and marking new entries. As you may have noticed there were no links in today’s post and I’m afraid it will be the same tomorrow, at least. As some readers have written to say that the links are a distraction, take this as an experiment and let me know what you prefer.
Except for 23 December, which appears to be the beginning for 21 December, the remaining entries for the year are written in the blank pages at the beginning of the diary for 1860.