Annotated Alice

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland And Through The Looking Glass

Year 1960
Pages 352
Binding Hardcover
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Bramhall House, 1960. FIRST EDITION, thus. Very good condition with original very good condition dust jacket; gently read clean pages, some smudges to cover, no tears or chips. "A combination of two great children's classics from one of our greatest authors of all times. Illustrated with original drawings.his is the first and only edition of Lewis Carroll's two masterpieces that contains the full text, together with all of the original Tenniel illustration in their correct places, and that adds to this a full annotation running concurrently with the text for the easiest possible reference. here, the result of many years of research by an expeert, is a running commentary on all the jikes, games, puzzles, tricks, parodies, obscure references and almost endless curiosities with which Carroll filled his writings. With this information a modern reader can appreciate this great and subtle book in a way that would be impossible otherwise. Bibliography Readers who share Alice's taste in books will be more than satisfied with The Annotated Alice, a volume that includes not only pictures and conversations, but a thorough gloss on the text as well. Martin Gardner points out in his introduction, so much of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is composed of private jokes and details of Victorian manners and mores that modern audiences are not likely to catch. Yes, Alice can be enjoyed on its own merits, but The Annotated Alice appeals to the nosy parker in all of us. Thus we learn, for example, that the source of the mouse's tale may have been Alfred Lord Tennyson who "once told Carroll that he had dreamed a lengthy poem about fairies, which began with very long lines, then the lines got shorter and shorter until the poem ended with fifty or sixty lines of two syllables each." And that, contrary to popular belief, the Mad Hatter character was not a parody of then Prime Minister Gladstone, but rather was based on an Oxford furniture dealer named Theophilus Carter. Gardner's annotations run the gamut from the factual and historical to the speculative and are, in their own way, quite as fascinating as the text they refer to. There's a lot of information in the margins (indeed, the page is pretty evenly divided between Carroll's text and Gardner's), --this Alice in Wonderland is intended entirely for adults." 352 pages.