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sonja

Соня вь Царствѣ Дива (Sonja in a Kingdom of Wonder)

ed. Mark Burstein, intro. Nina Demurova

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-930326-00-5

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $20

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $22

By publishing this facsimile of the exceedingly rare first Russian translation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1879), the LCSNA has made the translation–believed to be by a Miss Timiriaseff–readily available to scholars and enthusiasts for the first time. Only two copies are known to have survived–one is in the Alfred C. Berol Collection at the Fales Library of New York University and one at the Saltykov-Shchedrin Library in St. Petersburg. The LCSNA facsimile volume includes an introduction by Prof. Nina Demurova, a famed contemporary translator and literary critic, and an essay by Russian literature scholar Fan Parker.

A Bouquet for the Gardner: Martin Gardner Remembered

ed. Mark Burstein

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-930326-17-3

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $20

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $22

A tribute to Martin Gardner, this book is a must-read for anyone who loves Lewis Carroll, puzzles, logic, math, and/or annotated classics. This beautiful 234-page hardcover combines entertaining and heartfelt reminiscences of Gardner with academic essays written in his honor. The book includes contributions from such noted authors as Will Brooker, Douglas Hofstadter, Morton Cohen, Michael Patrick Hearn, Raymond Smullyan, and Robin Wilson, to name but a few. It also contains Gardner’s own final, post-”Definitive Edition” addenda to his towering Annotated Alice classic, as well as an authoritative bibliography of his Carroll-related writings.

Lewis Carroll: Voices from France

by Elizabeth Sewell

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 2008

ISBN: 0-930326-16-4

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $25

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $35

One of our most recent publication, this is a fascinating re-examination of Lewis Carroll’s works by the late Elizabeth Sewell, a noted critic, poet, novelist, and founding member of the LCSNA. After Sewell’s death, member Clare Imholtz edited the manuscript, working closely with David Schenck, Executor of the Sewell estate, to ensure that this important work would make it before the public. This eye-opening book revisits Carroll’s nonsense in both well-known and neglected works by exploring its potential relationships to nihilisim, surrealism, and a list of other -isms beloved by 19th and 20th Century French scholars, with thought-provoking results. Hardcover, 212 pages.

La Guida di Bragia

by Lewis Carroll, Illustrations by Jonathan Dixon, 2007

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 2007

ISBN: 0-930326-15-6

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $20

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $25

In his youth, Lewis Carroll wrote a number of marionette plays to entertain his brothers and sisters, but only one, La Guida di Bragia, is known to have survived. Written in his late teens, this giddy little play is peopled by a host of outrageous characters in situations that foreshadow Monty Python and The Goon Show, among others. The hapless (and clueless) friends Mooney and Spooney decide to take jobs at a railway station, and a series of misunderstandings and mishaps ensues. The title is a play on the popular train timetable of Carroll’s day, Bradshaw’s Guide. There are surreal set pieces, silly songs that parody popular operetta, and even young Carroll’s own version of Mrs. Malaprop. A lightweight charmer, this piece was only published once in a British magazine in 1931, and then in our own Knight Letter magazine in 1999. That version included delightful illustrations by talented LCSNA member Jonathan Dixon. This expanded edition includes a facsimile of the original manuscript, an introduction by Peter Heath, and additional illustrations created by Dixon especially for the occasion. Our volume represents La Guida’s first publication ever in hardcover. A curiosity, a collector’s item, and a delight. 73 pages.

The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, Vol. 3

The Political Pamphlets and Letters of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Related Pieces: A Mathematical Approach

edited by Francine F. Abeles, with essays, notes and annotations

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 2001

ISBN: 0-930326-12-1

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $30

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $50

Blue cloth stamped in gold; 260 pages.

This is one of the most important books published on Lewis Carroll in recent years. Not only does it provide the reader with access to rare materials, most of which have never previously been reprinted, but Dr. Abeles’ commentary provides an unparalleled look at Dodgson’s involvement in the spheres of politics and voting theory.

The book is divided into four sections, each with its own introductory essay. “Fairness in Elections” reprints Dodgson’s pamphlets on voting procedure. The next section, “Rationality in Sports,” contains Dodgson’s writing on Tennis Tournaments and on betting. In some cases, Dodgson’s letters to the editor of the St. James’s Gazette mention the opinions of other correspondents, and Abeles has included these other letters as well, giving the reader a complete view of Dodgson’s work in context and of the response to it. “Proportional Representation” also includes letters by Dodgson’s contemporaries that respond to and elaborate upon his arguments. This section also contains Dodgson’s major work Principles of Parliamentary Representation. A short section of “Political Humor” finishes the book, but previous sections are not without their humor. Many of the pieces reprinted here show that Dodgson could use his Carrollian wit even on a seemingly dry topic.

Prof. Abeles’ general introduction is a major reconsideration of Dodgson as a political scientist, considers his political activism, and puts his theories in the context of the history of political science. A major scholarly contribution to the fields of Victorian political theory and Carrollian studies, The Political Pamphlets and Letters of Charles Dodgson will be an important addition to libraries from the largest university to the most modest Lewis Carroll enthusiast.

  • 28 rare Lewis Carroll items reprinted, most for the first time
  • 23 illustrations
  • 9 items by Lewis Carroll contemporaries reprinted, showing their reactions to his ideas
  • 5 introductory essays by Prof. Francine Abeles, providing a new view of Dodgson & politics

In Memoriam Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 1832-1898

Obituaries of Lewis Carroll and Related Pieces

edited by Charles Lovett and August A. Imholtz

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 1998

ISBN: 0-930326-12-1

Black cloth stamped in silver; 192 pages.

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $5

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $6

In honor of the centenary of the death of Lewis Carroll the Lewis Carroll Society of North America published a book of obituaries of Lewis Carroll and related pieces. The intent is to give a view of how Carroll was perceived around the world at the time of his death. Although the obituaries contain many factual errors, these are generally noted and can be attributed to the vagaries of newspaper reporting.

The value of this collection is to be able to share the emotions felt by the readers and witness the impact of Carroll’s works on the general public. Carroll was not just a great author; his books affected people’s lives and the way they looked at the world around them. We see the influence he had on his contemporary readers and can perhaps better understand the influence he still has on today’s readers one hundred years after his death.Students are always looking to get a new slant on Lewis Carroll for their school projects and term papers.

Students are always looking to find a new perspective on Carroll’s work. There are many fine articles (like the one by E. Gertrude Thomson) that provide a wealth of new insights.

Proceedings of the Second International Lewis Carroll Conference

Winston-Salem June 9-12, 1994

edited by Charlie Lovett

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 1994

ISBN: 0-930326-10-5

Red cloth stamped in gold; 191 pages.

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $10

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $12

The second International Lewis Carroll Conference was hosted by the LCSNA on June 9-12, 1994 at the Graylyn Executive Conference Center of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. During the four-day event, talks were given covering the entire range of contemporary Carroll studies, from biography to bibliography, from literary criticism to popular culture. This book contains the text of all those talks. It represents a world view of Carroll, his works, his times, and his impact on society and culture.

The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits

by Lewis Carroll

with illustrations by Jonathan Dixon

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 1992

ISBN: 0-930326-07-5 Regular Edition

Black cloth stamped in silver; 87 pages.

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $12

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $15

Lewis Carroll’s famous nonsense poem, whimsically illustrated by Jonathan Dixon, is a most handsome volume. No Carroll collection is complete without one.

Lewis Carroll: An Annotated International Bibliography 1960-1970

by Edward Guiliano

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 1980

Brown cloth stamped in gold; 253 pages.

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $5

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $5

This is a great reference book for collectors and researchers. The bibliography includes primary works, reference and bibliographical works, exhibitions, biography, criticism, and miscellaneous items worldwide during this period.

Lewis Carroll and the Kitchins

by Morton Cohen

NY: The Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 198

ISBN: 0-930326-04-0

Ecru wraps printed in black; 48 pages.

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $15

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $20

This is a large paper bound book replete with nineteen Carroll photographs of the Kitchins and twenty five letters not previously published. Dodgson was a close friend of the Kitchin family and Xie Kitchin was one of his favorite photographic models. Here you get a view of this relationship via his letters and photographs. Some of the letters also appear in facsimile.

Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 1974-1999

25th Anniversary Booklet, 1999

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $5

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $8

Lewis Carroll: An Annotated Bibliography for 1974

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $4

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Warren Weaver: Scientist, Humanitarian, Carrollian

edited by Charlie Lovett, 2000

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Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $6

Westminster Abbey Evensong Program

Laying of the Lewis Carroll stone, Dec. 17, 1972

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Feeding the Mind

edited. by Selwyn H. Goodacre, 1984

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $20

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Enough of a Muchness

catalog of Byron Sewell publications, 2000

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $5

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Stan Marx , 1919-1994

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $8

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Lewis Carroll and Alice, 1832-1982

Catalog of Morgan Library Exhibition. edited. by Morton N. Cohen, 1982

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $10

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Sincerely, Lewis Carroll

Lindseth Grolier exhibit catalog, 1998

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Soaring with the Dodo. Essays on Lewis Carroll’s Life and Art

edited by Edward Guiliano, 1982

Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $20

Non-Member Price (U.S. Addresses): $30

Click here to see a list of currently out of print LCSNA publications.

You can also donate to any of our worthy LCSNA funds! For more information please visit our Education page.

Celebration of Mind II – Sign up!

Can you change “100″ to “CAT” by moving just two of these toothpicks?
Cat Puzzle

The above puzzle is probably familiar to many lovers of logic games, but new to the multitude who have not yet made the connection between mathematical problems, visual conundrums, and, of all things, fun.

One man who spent a lifetime reaching out to both the initiates and the multitude was Martin Gardner, philosopher, mathematician, magician, and for 25 years the author of the “Mathematical Games” column in the Scientific American. He was also a founding member of the LCSNA and the creator of the irreplaceable Annotated Alice books.

Martin Gardner

When Martin died last year the foundation Gathering for Gardner vowed to “celebrate Martin’s life and work, and continue his pursuit of a playful and fun approach to Mathematics, Science, Art, Magic, Puzzles and all of his other interests and writings.” One of these celebrations is fast upon us – the second annual Celebration of Mind events to be held worldwide on or around what would have been Martin’s 97th birthday – October 21, 2011.

Last year, people gathered to share magic tricks, puzzles, recreational mathematics problems and stories about Martin at 66 locations from Tokyo to Tehran to Buenos Aires to Boulder, Colorado. This year, 30 hosts have signed up already and the organizers expect many more – if you can’t make the gathering at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica, how about attending one of the 15 already listed in North America? Events held by LCSNA members will undoubtedly have an Alice flavor – if you are hosting one, be sure to get in touch and we will advertise it on the blog.

I wonder how many events this year will feature readings from A Bouquet for the Gardener, the beautiful collection of tributes and reminiscences published by the LCSNA in July? (Available at Amazon.com.)

For a map of planned events, and for guidelines for hosting your own event, go to the Gathering for Gardner website. There you can also find photos and descriptions of previous events along with downloadable visual treats and puzzles to whet your appetite. You can also follow event updates on Twitter account @G4G_CoM.

And finally, if you haven’t figured out the toothpick teaser above, I’m not going to tell you. What are Sunday afternoons for?

 

New LCSNA Martin Gardner Tribute Book Just Released!

Callooh!  Callay!!  We are delighted to announce that the LCSNA has just published a frabjous new book paying tribute to the late, great Martin Gardner–columnist, philosopher, polymath, magician, religious thinker, and author of more than 70 books, including the groundbreaking Annotated Alice

The LCSNA’s beautiful 234-page hardcover is a delightful portmanteau accomplishment, combining entertaining and heartfelt reminiscences from those who knew Gardner with a traditional festschrift (academic essays written in his honor).  The book is introduced by Gardner’s son Jim, and includes  contributions from such noted authors as Douglas Hofstadter, Morton N. Cohen, Scott Kim, David Singmaster, Michael Patrick Hearn, Raymond Smullyan, and Robin Wilson, to name but a few.  Our book also contains Gardner’s own final, post-”Definitive Edition” addenda to his towering Annotated Alice classic, as well as an authoritative bibliography of Gardner’s Carroll-related writings.

A Bouquet for the Gardener is a must-read for anyone who loves Lewis Carroll, puzzles, logic, math, and great thinking on a wide range of topics.  Current members of the LCSNA will be mailed one free copy as a bonus of membership.  We are thrilled to be able to make this important book available to the public as well via Amazon (US link; UK link).  Members can also buy additional copies on Amazon.

Our thanks to all who contributed to this effort, both on the pages and behind the scenes.  It is impossible to overstate the debt we all owe to Martin Gardner.  We invite you to join us in saying thank you and in celebrating his remarkable life by reading A Bouquet for the Gardener.

Membership

While our meetings are free and open to the public, annual membership in the LCSNA has its privileges.  Membership includes a free subscription to our superb magazine, the Knight Letter , and a free copy of any member premium we produce during the current membership year. Recent examples include our limited edition hardcover books Lewis Carroll: Voices from France, Lewis Carroll’s La Guida di Bragia, and A Bouquet for the Gardener: Martin Gardner Remembered. U.S. members also receive free shipping on our publications. All members receive special rates on hotels for meetings (when available), advance notification of all our upcoming events, and an exclusive membership pin.

You can join the Society online or by mailing a check. To pay online via PayPal, please click on one of the buttons below:

Membership Type Dues  
Regular US Annual Membership $35
Regular Foreign Annual Membership $50
Sustaining Membership $100

Sustaining members are those who wish to increase our ability to support Carrollian studies and related events by contributing an extra amount.  While there is no material benefit to this additional level of support, we try to say thank you to our sustaining members in some small way each year.  For the past few years, we have presented them with an exclusive, member-designed bookmark.  To see the front-and-back artwork for the 2010 sustaining members bookmark designed by Mahendra Singh, please click here.

You can also donate to any of our worthy LCSNA funds!  For more information please visit our Education page.

To pay by check, please make your check payable to “LCSNA” and mail it to the Secretary:

Clare Imholtz
11935 Beltsville Dr
Beltsville, MD, 20705  USA