Every week since 2006, cartoonist and writer Martin Rowson has been making a fool of himself in the Independent on Sunday, reducing the work of some of the world’s best-loved writers to a series of filthy limericks. Following the success of the first two volumes of The Limerickiad (Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, John Donne to Jane Austen) Volume III lays waste to the literary greats of the 19th century. Time for Rowson to put the boot into the Brontёs, deface the complete works of Dickens, and even dedicate a limerick to the man who invented it, ‘a runcible fellow called Lear’.
Martin Rowson is an award-winning cartoonist whose work regularly appears in the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and the Daily Mirror. His other books include graphic adaptations of Gulliver’s Travels (Atlantic, 2012; ISBN 9781848872820) and The Waste Land (Penguin, 1990, repr. U of Chicago, 2012; ISBN 9780857420411).