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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Bantam Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780553213454
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In 1862 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford mathematician with a stammer, created a story about a little girl tumbling down a rabbit hole. Thus began the immortal adventures of Alice, perhaps the most popular heroine in English literature. Countless scholars have tried to define the charm of the Alice books-with those wonderfully eccentric characters the Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, the Mad Hatter et al.-by proclaiming that they really comprise a satire on language, a political allegory, a parody of Victorian childrens literature, even a reflection of contemporary ecclesiastical history. Perhaps, as Dodgson might have said, Alice is no more than a dream, a fairy tale about the trials and tribulations of growing up-or down, or all turned round-as seen through the expert eyes of a child.

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In these famous works of Lewis Carroll, a little girl finds adventure down a rabbit hole and through a mirror and a Bellman and his crew go off to hunt the snark.

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“Lewis Carroll,” creator of the brilliantly witty Alices Adventures in Wonderland, was a pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford don with a stammer.

He was born at Daresbury, Cheshire on January 27, 1832, son of a vicar. As the eldest boy among eleven children, he learned early to amuse his siblings by writing and editing family magazines. He was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he lectured in mathematics from1855 to 1881. In 1861 he was ordained as a deacon.

Dodgsons entry into the world of fiction was accidental. It happened one “golden afternoon” as he escorted his colleagues three daughters on a trip up the river Isis. There he invented the story that might have been forgotten if not for the persistence of the youngest girl, Alice Liddell. Thanks to her, and to her encouraging friends, Alice was published in 1865, with drawings by the political cartoonist, John Tenniel. After Alice, Dodgson wrote Phantasmagoria and Other Poems (1869), Through the Looking-Glass (1871), The Hunting of Shark (1876, and Rhyme? and Reason? (1883).

As a mathematician Dodgson is best known for Euclid and His Modern Rivals (1879). He was also a superb childrens photographer, who captured the delicate, sensuous beauty of such little girls as Alice Liddell and Ellen Terry, the future actress. W.H. Auden called him “one of the best portrait photographer of the century.” Dodgson was also an inventor; his projects included a game of arithmetic croquet, a substitute for glue, and an apparatus for making notes in the dark. Though he sought publication for his light verse, he never dreamed his true gift-telling stories to children-merited publication or lasting fame, and he avoided publicity scrupulously Charles Dodgson died in 1898 of influenza.

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Marceline13, November 13, 2013 (view all comments by Marceline13)
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll is an interesting book that gets curiouser and curiouser as you read it. This abstrusely written book is meant for readers with a special taste for books with poems and adventures. In this novel a young girl by the name of Alice clumsily falls down a rabbit hole while following a very queer white rabbit with a strange pocket watch and claiming that he’s late for some important meeting. She lands in a mysterious, but wondrous place known as Wonderland. She goes on many peculiar adventures running into very strange beings including the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and even the Queen of Hearts. This a book for people who enjoy amazing word choice, adventures, and those who are amused by the old fashioned text found in this book. Come explore a magical world with Alice in Alice’s Adventures in wonderland and through the Looking-Glass, but beware, because we’re all mad in Wonderland...
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booklover13, May 25, 2012 (view all comments by booklover13)
I have been really into reading manga lately so I decided to read some classics to make sure my reading level could still improve. Alice in wonderland was confusing at first but once I got into it I couldn't stop! This is a must read!
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Katherine Warner, October 9, 2009 (view all comments by Katherine Warner)
Alice In Wonderland was a very confusing book for me when I was a child, but now that I'm an adult, it's my all time favorite book. The zany characters and ridiculous conversations delight both the child and the adult in me. I find it amazing that a book written so long ago can still be related to by the people of today.
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ISBN:
9780553213454
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Tenniel, John
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Tenniel, John
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Carroll, Lewis
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Tenniel, John
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Bantam Classics
Location:
New York
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Children's fiction
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Classics
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Fairy Tales & Folklore - Anthologies
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Fantasy
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Fairy tales
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Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Bantam Classics
Series Volume:
no. 239
Publication Date:
19840501
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6.90x4.24x.62 in. .31 lbs.

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