03 October 2009

“The closest he came to marriage was two proposals, both to the same woman 46 years his junior, which were not accepted. For companions he relied instead on a circle of friends and correspondants, and especially, in later life, on his Suliot chef, Giorgis, a faithful friend and, as Lear complained, a thoroughly unsatisfactory chef. Another trusted companion in Sanremo was his cat, Foss, who died in 1886 and was buried with some ceremony in a garden at Villa Tennyson. After a long decline in his health, Lear died at his villa in 1888, of the heart disease from which he had suffered since at least 1870. Lear's funeral was said to be a sad, lonely affair by the wife of Dr. Hassall, Lear's physician, not one of Lear's many lifelong friends being able to attend.”
-from the biography of illustrator/writer Edward Lear (1812-1888) in Wikipedia



Blogger Caroline said...

This is really depressing, perfect Madderian material. I know few people who are repeatedly dealt such bad hands in the card game of life as it seems Lear was. Jordan's mom comes to mind, though.

October 4, 2009 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

you guys should read about nietzsche's life. you'd like it.

October 5, 2009 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger ZiCheng said...

Are you a philosophy enthusiast now, Lindsay?

October 5, 2009 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

Yeah, it seems Lindsay's on a philosophy "kick" of late. I am enjoying it.

October 5, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

how are you enjoying it? - i didn't think i broadcasted it. and this 'kick' won me a field goal; it's here to stay.

On suffering and hardship: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8F8vJAoymz0

It's a bit simple, but it gives a good background on nietzsche's life. I really like the host of this show.

"To those human beings who are of any concern to me I wish suffering, desolation, sickness, ill treatment, indignities, profound self-contempt, the torture of self-mistrust, and the wretchedness of the vanquished." - Friedrich N.

October 6, 2009 at 1:14 AM  

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