Edward Lear (also Edward Lear, eng. Edward Lear; 1812-1888) was an English artist and poet, one of the founders of "poetry of nonsense", author of numerous popular absurdist limericks.
Edward Lear was born on May 12, 1812 in the London suburb of Highgate. He was the 20th child in the family, and his older sister Ann was involved in his upbringing. When Edward was 15 years old, he and his sister settled in a separate house. Being a talented artist, Lear began working as a book illustrator. At the age of 19, he published his first book, Illustrations of the Family of Psittacidae, or Parrots, 1830.
In 1846, Lear published A Book of Nonsense (also translated as the Book of Nonsense or the Book of Nonsense), which included funny limericks. Soon this genre gained considerable popularity.
The poet died on January 29, 1888. Mentioned in the Beatles song "Paperback writer" (1966).