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The Owl and the Pussy Cats free pdf Edward Lear (1812-1888) is known the world over as the author of the Book of Nonsense, and The Owl and the Pussy Cat was voted top in the recent BBC Nation's Favourite Children's Poem poll. Less well known, but increasingly more recognised, is his reputation as a leading artist of the day, popular travel writer and even composer - he set many of his friend Tennyson's poems to music. Despite his popularity, he never married, prompting theories that he was homosexual. However, Michael Montgomery finds that his voluminous diaries and letters paint quite the opposite picture. 'I wish to goodness I could get a wife!', he wrote from Italy at the age of 25 while the diaries record nearly 40 pretty females that caught his fancy. A weak chest, poor eyesight, a permanent want of money and a fear, given his relatively humble origins, that he would not be considered 'good enough' in the elevated circles that he came to move in - all conspired against him. Greater than all these obstacles, however, was his epilepsy, which in those days was considered almost akin to madness. Even so, Lear found himself on the point of proposing three times before he was thwarted by events beyond his control, and it was only when in his 70s that fear of inflicting it on another finally got the better of him. The OWL and the PUSSY CATS tells the tragic story of a man who gave such pleasure to countless millions of children, yet was deprived the joy of having any of his own.

About Michael Montgomery

Michael Montgomery's other works include the travelogue All Out For Everest (hailed by the BBC as 'a must for all armchair travellers'), novels, Lear's Italy and Who Sank The Sydney?', an investigation of the mysterious 1941 loss of the WW2 cruiser and her 645 crew (which included his father) at the hands, according to the Navy, of a German raider. Since its first publication in 1981 he has gradually assembled evidence that she was actually sunk by a Japanese submarine which then machine-gunned the survivors, and that for reasons of political expediency all the governments concerned have continued to deny the facts. In response to growing public demand a Commission of Inquiry was recently set up in Australia, but its President was revealed to hold the rank of Commodore in the RANR and so it inevitably upheld the official story. He has also written a screenplay for a feature film based on The Owl and the Pussy Cats.

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Author : Michael Montgomery
Publisher : Pen Press
Data Published : 21 September 2012
ISBN : 1780034601
EAN : 9781780034607
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 400 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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