The Annotated Alice:

The Annotated Alice: " Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" AND" Through the Looking Glass" (Paperback)

By Lewis Carroll  John Tenniel  Martin Gardner 
Publisher: Penguin UK
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0140289291
EAN: 9780140289299
No. of Pages: 368
Publish Date: 2001-10-25
Binding: Paperback
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'A landmark, bringing together a lifetime's work on Lewis Carroll by writer and mathematician Martin Gardner. He dazzles on Carroll's puzzles and games of logic and entertains on everything from Alice's influence on the Beat poet Jack Kerouac to how mercury in hat linings turned hatters mad...it is unsurpassed' - Jackie Wullschlager, "Financial Times". 'The indispensable guide to a classic of English literature...no one who has ever wondered about the meaning of 'Jabberwocky' should fail to include on their Christmas list' - Robert McCrum, "Observer".
"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations!"

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. There may be some, like G.K. Chesterton, who abhor the notion of putting Lewis Carroll's masterpiece under a microscope and analyzing it within an inch of its whimsical life. But as 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. Occasionally, he even comments on himself, as when he quotes a fellow annotator of
Alice

, James Kincaid: "The historical context does not call for a gloss but the passage provides an opportunity to point out the ambivalence that may attend the central figure and her desire to grow up." And then follows with a charming riposte: "I thank Mr. Kincaid for supporting my own rambling." There's a
lot

of information in the margins (indeed, the page is pretty evenly divided between Carroll's text and Gardner's), but the ramblings turn out to be well worth the time. So hand over your old copy of Lewis Carroll's classic to the kids--this
Alice in Wonderland

is intended entirely for adults.
--Alix Wilber

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Specification

Title: The Annotated Alice: " Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" AND" Through the Looking Glass"
Publisher: Penguin UK
Author: Lewis Carroll
Illustrator: John Tenniel
Introduction: Martin Gardner
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 0140289291
EAN: 9780140289299
No. of Pages: 368
Publish Date: 2001-10-25
Binding: Paperback

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