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Švankmajer’s Alice Books Are Now in English!!

Jan Švankmajer
‘s film Alice (originally Něco z Alenky) is well known to us all, but did you know his surreal collages served to illustrate books of both Wonderland and Looking-glass? Perhaps not, as it was only published in Japanese. But now an English-language edition has been released, and on that site you can not only purchase the book (signed by Jan!), but many others things, such as etchings, posters, books, and his films on DVD.

Eva Švankmajerová, a surrealist painter, ceramicist, and writer worked with her husband on several of his movies, including her art-directing Něco z Alenky and making three lovely posters for it, one for each of its releases: Czech, German, and English.

Please note “that it is necessary to pay separately for each item. Posters are sent in a tube, books in envelopes (it is possible to add one – 2 DVD, but no more), exclusive collection in a cardboard box. Furthermore, be sure to pay for non-European postage if you are not in an EU country (or the UK).”

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Bridgette Mongeon’s Sculpture in Houston Is Up!

Bridgette Mongeon’s monumental tea-party sculpture, Move One Place On, is now fully installed in Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, Texas, a suburb of Houston. She talked about it at our Spring 2015 meeting in Austin (KL 94:6), and now it’s open to the public. Within it are 150 hidden Carroll figures! Read all about it here.


Welcome Back, Lewis Carroll Genootschap!

A hearty welcome back to the Lewis Carroll Genootschap of the Netherlands, a sister society. After a flurry of meetings and publications from 1976 to 1983, it softly and suddenly vanished away, only to reemerge in 2017. They have a fine website and several publications: dodo/nododo, a journal with several articles in English as well as Dutch; and Jabberwocky, which concentrates on translations of the poem into Dutch. You can order them from their online shopWauwelwok, their magazine from their earlier incarnation, is also available, but only as .pdf downloads. Welkom terug, vrienden!


Uncollected Poems Members Premium

Callooh! Callay! Rare, Uncollected, Unpublished, & Nonexistent Verse of Lewis Carroll, edited by Edward Wakeling and August A. Imholtz, Jr., is on its way to all members as a free premium! For others, the only way to get a copy is to become a member. (This is due to an agreement with the C. L. Dodgson Estate, in which the book may not be sold.) But that’s a truly fine bonus!


Loving/Leaving Books: Disposition of Collections

Alan Tannenbaum alerts us to a recent seminar at New York’s Grolier Club regarding the disposition of private book collections that might be of interest to some of our bibliophilic members. Three videos totaling 5 1/2 hours are available here.


Philadelphia Exhibit of Charles Santore Art

The first retrospective of the art of Charles Santore is taking place 02/17/2018 through 05/13/2018 at Philadelphia’s Woodmere Museum. It will highlight his award-winning work, including illustrations for Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (Cider Mill, 2015) and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Cider Mill, 2017).


Christ Church Holdings Now Online

“Christ Church holds three distinct collections of material relating to Lewis Carroll, aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. These collections include a wide variety of material, from autograph letters and a wealth of manuscripts, original photographic prints, proof sheets and presentation copies, to a large number of editions of the Alice books in different languages. … The collections also include an impressive array of secondary material (biographies, books about various aspects of Carroll’s work, etc.) and are available for the use of researchers upon application to the Library.
“The whole corpus of the Lewis Carroll collection is currently the object of intense study and scrutiny, being reviewed and catalogued. This is a work in progress. A significant part of the Lewis Carroll collection has now been digitized. More will follow in due course. This project aims to provide an enhanced experience for viewers, allowing them to flip the pages, zoom in, and read very detailed descriptions.”
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Revolving Review

Renowned Spanish cartoonist, illustrator, and professor at the University of Granada Sergio García Sánchez has depicted the entire book of Wonderland in a single circular image, published in the New York Times Book Review here.


Two For the Kiddies

Two new (well, one just new to us) books for the six- to ten year-olds in your circle: One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll: A Celebration of Wordplay and a Girl Named Alice, written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by ‎ Júlia Sardà (HMH Books, ISBN 978-0544348233), and Mrs. White Rabbit, written and illustrated by Gilles Bachelet (Eerdmans Books, ISBN 978-0802854834). Both will be reviewed in the Spring ’18 issue of the Knight Letter.

“I LOVE Mrs. White Rabbit” – Mark B.


UK Symposium on Carroll and MacDonald

A one-day symposium, “Lewis Carroll and George MacDonald: An Influential Friendship,” will take place at the Sussex (UK) Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy on Saturday, September 1, 2018. Deadline for their Call for Papers is Friday March 30 2018. All details here.