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Introduction

Lewis Carroll (is the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) was an English mathematician, photographer and novelist. He is best remembered for his much loved, quirky, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass. (1871). These books have delighted both children and adults alike, and his book The Hunting of the Snark is considered wonderful example of literary nonsense.


Library resources

On our shelves:

Books by Lewis Carroll:

The Library has many different editions of 'Alice in Wonderland' these are just a few:

  • Alice in Wonderland ; with an introduction by Langford Reed and illustrations by Helen Monro. [Alexander Classic Library edition] This copy dates back to the original collections held by what was then the St Patrick's College Library, Prospect campus.
  • Alice's adventures in wonderland with illustrations by Robert Ingpen
  • The Annotated Alice: the definitive edition. Includes Alice's Adentures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass; with the original illustrations by John Tenniel with an introduction and notes by Martin Gardner.

Nonsense poem

History and criticism

  • Douglas-Fairhurst, Robert 2015, The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the secret history of wonderland, Harvill Secker, London
  • Winchester, Simon 2011, The Alice behind Wonderland, Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • Woolf, Jenny 2010, The Mystery of Lewis Carroll: discovering the whimsical, thoughtful, and sometimes lonely man who created Alice in Wonderland, St Martin's Press, New York

 


Collection highlights

  • Gardner, Martin 1990, More annotated Alice: Alice's adventures in wonderland and through the looking-glass and what Alice found there by Lewis Carroll, with illustrations by Peter Newell.
  • Higonnet, Anne 2014, Lewis Carroll, Phaidon, London. Here is a selection of Lewis Carroll's photographs, and not just those of Alice Liddell but also portraits of eminent members of Victorian society, and the English landscape.
  • Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland with pictures by Yayoi Kusama, 2012. Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots, which means she sees the world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic way that sits very well with the Wonderland of Alice. She is fascinated by childhood and the way adults have the ability, at their most creative, to see things the way children do, a central concern of the Alice books.

Alice in Art

Adaptions

 


Reference resources

On our shelves

General encyclopedia

  • Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • World Book Encyclopedia

Subject encyclopedia

  • Dabble, Margaret edt. 2000, The Oxford companion to English literature, 6th ed., page 280 - Entry under Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge
  • Payne, Tom 1977, The A-Z of Great Artists, Carlton, London, page 70

Online

 


 

Audio Visual Resources

  • Alice in wonderland (DVD) directed by Tim Burton for Walt Disney Pictures. Cast: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska. Voices of: Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen.

Web resources