The Lewis Carroll Society of North America (LCSNA), founded in 1974, is an organization of Carroll admirers of all ages and interests, as well as a virtual center for Carroll studies. The Society has members throughout the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, and the UK, with interests in virtually all of Lewis Carroll’s many pursuits and in his continuing impact on our current culture.
About Our Meetings
The Society holds a one-day meeting twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall. Meeting places have included such locations as the Parrish Collection at Princeton University, the Berol Collection at New York University’s Fales Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, the Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas in Austin, the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Arthur Houghton Collection at the Pierpont Morgan Library and the Harcourt Amory collection at Harvard University’s Houghton library. Meetings are free and open to the public.
The list of speakers at our meetings is a veritable who’s who of all aspects of Carrollian knowledge. Eminent Carrollian scholar and charter member, Professor Morton Cohen, spoke at the first meeting and has graced our podium many times since. Below are listed just a handful of other notable speakers who have shared their wisdom with us over the years. When you consider the range of talks, you can begin to share our appreciation of the breadth of Lewis Carroll’s influence.
David del Tredici – his musical composition, Final Alice
Barry Moser- illustrating Wonderland
Prof Peter Heath – Alice parodies
David and Maxine Schaefer – the Lewis Carroll Stone in Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey
Joyce Carol Oates – Wonderlands
Lou Bunin – his 1951 Alice film
Prof. Francine Abeles – Lewis Carroll’s Mathematical Wit
Dr. Elizabeth Sewell – the Nature of Nonsense
Adolph Green – My Lifelong Passion for Lewis Carroll
Nina Demurova – Translating Alice into Russian
William Appleton – The Appleton Alice
Kathryn Beaumont – Voicing Alice in Disney’s animated film
Dr. Selwyn Goodacre – Carroll Collecting
Robert Sabuda – his award-winning pop-up Alice book
Adam Gopnik – Martin Gardner’s Annotated Snark
There is more to our meetings than talks, panel discussions, and entertainment. We also enjoy sharing a meal. (And unlike Lewis Carroll, we enjoy eating more than just a biscuit and a glass of wine!) The communal luncheon or dinner is an integral part of our meeting agenda and provides time for catching up with old friends and making new ones. At the LCSNA get-togethers not only can you talk about the latest books, often you can chat with the authors themselves. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our author and to establish life-long friendships with fellow Carrollians.
Occasionally we have meetings that span two or three days. This allows us time to attend Carrollian theater productions, see local book and art exhibits, or hear music performances. Our members enjoy having the additional time to engage in more tantalizing discussions with each other, compare notes, and brag about recent acquisitions. Often members are kind enough to open their homes to members who wish to view their collections during these extended sessions. We have also been known to have an auction now and again to benefit the Society, which always brings a different perspective to the group’s interaction.
About Our Publications
The Society maintains an active publication program. Members receive copies of the Knight Letter (our magazine), and discounts on books as they are issued. The Society located and published the lost chapter of Through the Looking-Glass entitled “The Wasp In a Wig.” During the sesquicentennial celebration of Carroll’s birth, in 1982, the Society and the Pierpont Morgan Library jointly sponsored an exhibition called Lewis Carroll and Alice featuring the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures. An informative catalogue was printed. For more information, please see our Publications page.
Conferences and More!
In 1994, the Society hosted the second International Lewis Carroll Conference at the Graylyn Executive Conference Center at Wakeforest University in North Carolina and gave Carroll scholars and enthusiasts from around the globe a chance to exchange ideas.
We have sponsored expeditions to notable sites of Carrollian interest in England. We have also contributed to the Lewis Carroll memorial plaque in Poet’s Corner at Westminster Abbey, and to the maintenance of Lewis Carroll’s gravesite.
We are currently in the early planning stages for an epic series of Carrollian events in 2015, the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Educating the public on Lewis Carroll’s many contributions to society is the focus of our ongoing programs. For more about this aspect of the LCSNA, please visit our Education and Lewis Carroll pages.
The official Society Archives are housed in the Fales Library at NYU. (See: Finding Aid)
Our officers keep things moving and are happy to answer questions not already answered on this web site. Please click here to read more about them.
Our Constitution and By-Laws If you’d like to review our Constitution and By-Laws, which state the Society’s rules of operation, please click here.
If you have interest in Lewis Carroll, or simply a love for Alice (or the Snark for that matter) — join us!