We Need Diverse Ya Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Lists | June 22, 2015

    Stephen Jarvis: IMG Robert Seymour — 13 Pictures

    1. Self-Portrait. My new novel, Death and Mr. Pickwick, tells the story of the origins of Charles Dickens's first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Its... Continue »
    1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

      Death and Mr. Pickwick

      Stephen Jarvis 9780374139667


On Order

New Hardcover
Currently out of stock.
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
- Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits


The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

He would answer to and#8220;Hi!and#8221; or to any loud cry,

Such as and#8220;Fry me!and#8221; or and#8220;Fritter my wig!and#8221; To and#8220;What-you-may-call-um!and#8221; or and#8220;What-was-his name!and#8221;

But especially and#8220;Thing-um-a-jig!and#8221;

While, for those who preferred a more forcible word,

He had different names from these: His intimate friends called him and#8220;Candle-ends,and#8221; And his enemies and#8220;Toasted-cheese.and#8221;

and#8220;His form is ungainly his intellect smalland#8212;and#8212;

(So the Bellman would often remark)

and#8220;But his courage is perfect! And that, after all, Is the thing that one needs with a Snark.and#8221;

He would joke with hyenas, returning their stare

With an impudent wag of the head: And he once went a walk, paw-in-paw, with a bear,

and#8220;Just to keep up its spirits,and#8221; he said.

The Hunting of the Snark is Lewis Carrolland#8217;s epic nonsense poem, first published in 1876. Though Carrolland#8217;s peculiar wit and imagination are evident here, this work, unlike his earlier Alice books, is a much darker tale. Here, ten characters whose names begin with the letter B disappear, go mad, and find themselves struggling to navigateand#160;an impossible path through a nonsensical world. Throughout the poem thereand#160;is a prevailing atmosphere of disorder and chaos, heightened by Carrolland#8217;s descriptions of grotesque creatures such as the Bandersnatch and the Jubjub bird and his characteristic use of invented wordsand#8212;such as uffish, beamish, and frumious.

The meaning of the poem, and of the Snark itself,and#160;has been the subject of much debate, but nevertheless it remains a fun and lively read thanks to its combination of strangeness and whimsy. This new facsimile edition of the 1876 riginal is richly bound in red cloth with gold embossing and features reproductions of the original illustrations by Henry Holiday. This edition of the The Hunting of the Snark will be a treasured gift and collectorand#8217;s item for fanciful readers of all ages.

About the Author

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832and#8211;98), known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, philosopher, and writer.

Table of Contents


Fit I. The Landing

Fit II. The Bellmanand#8217;s Speech

Fit III. The Bakerand#8217;s Tale

Fit IV. The Hunting

Fit V. The Beaverand#8217;s Lesson

Fit VI. The Barristerand#8217;s Dream

Fit VII. The Bankerand#8217;s Fate

Fit VIII. The Vanishing

Product Details

Carroll, Lewis
British Library
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Publication Date:
9 line drawings
7 x 5 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Humor » General
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » United Kingdom » Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Featured Titles
History and Social Science » Archaeology » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Sports and Outdoors » Outdoors » General

The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits New Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$19.95 Backorder
Product details 83 pages British Library - English 9780712358132 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.