Edward Lear is best known throughout the world as the author of The Book of Nonsense. But Lear was also one of the leading artists of his time and an intrepid traveller whose passion for Italy lasted a lifetime; indeed he was often the very first Englishman to have visited some of the remoter areas and wrote several travelogues. Drawing from Lear's travelogues on the Environs of Rome and Southern Italy, Lear's in depth diaries and copious letters, expert Michael Montgomery traces Lear's footsteps between 1837-1897, offering a unique expert insight into the life of a truly remarkable character, who lived an extraordinary life, during a critical period in the history of Italy.