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The Next Hundred Lears

Limericks After Lear Book Two

About the Book

Edward Lear is remembered, and rightly so, as the Father of the Limerick. Were it not for him, this little five line verse form may never have become such a beloved, ubiquitous part of our literary and popular culture.

Yet the very thing that makes the limerick so appealing held no appeal for Edward Lear. The final line of his verses brought no twist and sought no giggle. It was a summing up, and nothing more.

But Lear had opened Victorian eyes to the possibilities inherent in the limerick: A Book of Nonsense was a runaway bestseller.

In 1872 Lear published one hundred new limericks, hoping to repeat his earlier success. But while his original verses are still fondly remembered today, still anthologised, still quoted in mainstream and social media, his next hundred limericks are unknown.


Because the limerick had moved on without him, acquiring a life of its own and romping towards the twentieth century with outlandish, irreverent and often obscene delight.

And Lear couldn't follow. It just wasn't in his nature to go there. So having launched the boat, he now stood alone on the dock and watched it sail off into the distance.

Limericks After Lear breathes new life into Edward Lear's creations. Book One, The Fifth Line, took A Book of Nonsense as its starting point and sent all 112 verses off in new directions.

Book Two retrieves those lost, forgotten verses of 1872 and presents them complete: all 100 of Lear's originals, plus a brand new limerick for each that, I hope, will make you giggle.

They're family-friendly, too :)

And here they are: The Next Hundred Lears ...

About the Author

John Arthur Nichol
John Arthur Nichol

John Arthur Nichol has grown up, worked and retired in Sydney, and tends to write in verse. Rhyming verse. It’s the voice he seems condemned to use. The form he seems fated to revisit is the limerick. It’s short. It’s catchy. It rhymes. It’s addictive.

Limerick books by John Arthur Nichol:

The Fifth Line: Limericks After Lear Book 1

The Next Hundred Lears: Limericks After Lear Book 2

A Wee Bit of Integrity: Limericks After Derry Girls, Seasons 1 and 2

Also by John Arthur Nichol:

Sascha Martin’s Rocket-Ship

Sascha Martin’s Time Machine

Sascha Martin’s Super Ball

John’s latest work is A Wee Bit of Integrity, a collection of limericks based on Seasons 1 and 2 of the wonderful Irish comedy series Derry Girls. It's published on Leanpub as a work in progress, free of Digital Rights Management, and optimised for reader feedback.

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