Who doesn’t love Peeps? When not eating them, or jousting with them, what can they be used for? Why, for constructing elaborate dioramas depicting scenes from Alice in Wonderland of course! The Washington Post’s annual Peep Diorama contest this year had an Alice entry as one of the best, and I must say it does look yummy!
There is a new Alice iPad app, featuring beautifully rendered Arthur Rackham illustrations! At $2.99 it is a bargain. Get yours now! From the iTunes page:
• Complete set of Interactive illustrated boards beautifully adapted for iPad and iPad Mini with animations, physical objects, and interactive sounds.
• Complete set of original boards presented in the Historical Notes section.
• Amazing environmental soundtracks inside the Interactive Boards.
• Help Guide to the Interactive Boards for the youngest readers.
• “Invisible ink objects” to play with on every text page, just touch the letters!
• Camera function to mix your portraits inside these wonderful compositions and save on your iPad or share with family and friends.
• Detailed navigation menus.
• Full texts in the original version and from the earliest translations: English (1856), French (1869), Italian (1871) and Spanish (1922).
• In addition, find rich and interesting historical notes about Arthur Rackham, his work, the world he worked in, and the context of Carroll’s fantastic book (English only).
• Retina Ready
-App designed for iPad™ (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation) iPad air™ and iPad mini™ all generations-
Publishers are getting in on the Alice150 celebrations! Here is a list of books that have or will come out this year. A new, highly illustrated edition of The Annotated Alice! The first trade edition with the Dalí illustrations! A 3-volume work on translations! New illustrators! Many more!
Please feel free to email Mark if you know of others or have suggestions or corrections.
Artist Joe Hale has translated Alice into emoji – those cute little emoticons that populate Facebook and mobile phones. And now you can buy a poster of this amazing undertaking.
These days its seems that everyone wants to make creative photographic alterations to any number of subjects, however far too often these creations take on a life of their own and through the internet version of the game of telephone become ‘real’.
Alan Beechey has recently posted an article on his blog that debunks several of the more blatant Carroll forgeries. Take a peek and don’t believe everything you see on the internets.
The book The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and the Secret History of Wonderland has just been published in the UK, and will be available here in the US on June 1st – how typical For those in the UK you can purchase it here now.
On March 22, the Guardian published an lengthy review of the book, posed several questions and posited several theories of its own. I shall leave it to the reader to weigh the merits of any such comments in either the review or the book reviewed. Needless to say, the reviewer calls it the best book on the subject.
A new paper has been published by Stephanie L. Schatz, a research fellow at Purdue, and she has graciously provided us with a link to the paper. Abstract below:
This essay reads Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) alongside influential mid-century Victorian psychology studies—paying special attention to those that Carroll owned—in order to trace the divergence of Carroll’s literary representations of the “dream child” from its prevailing medical association with mental illness. The goals of this study are threefold: to trace the medico-historical links between dream-states and childhood, to investigate the medical reasons behind the pathologization of dream-states, and to understand how Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland contributed to Victorian interpretations of the child’s mind.
Quite a nice article in Forbes that discusses Anya in Wonderland by Nabokov under pseudonym, Dali, Steadman, and more at the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin now through July 6th. For those attending the Spring meeting you’ll get to visit up close and personal as this is where the meeting takes place!
Guess this is theater week on the Carroll blog, but lots of good stuff happening. Next month the Drama Desk Award winning TADA Youth Theater is performing a new musical called The Trials of Alice in Wonderland. From their site:
Book by William Brooke Music by Eric Rockwell Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Based on the classic books by Lewis Carrol, this original musical follows Alice and all the usual suspects in the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland, where Alice is on trial for growing and changing.
April 25- May 17, 2015
Saturdays and Sundays 2pm and 4pm
Everyone is jumping on the Alice bandwagon this year, and DC’s Synetic Theater is no exception. They will be mounting their own adaptation of “Alice in Wonderland” this fall as part of DC’s Women’s Voices Festival. From Broadway World:
The whimsical Alice tumbles down the rabbit hole soon finding herself in the mysterious world of Wonderland. Synetic’s darker take on Lewis Carroll’s tale will bring to life classic characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, and the murderous Queen of Hearts with Synetic’s signature style. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, chorographed by Irina Tsikurishvili and adapted by Lloyd Rose for the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival of Washington, D.C., this production will have dialogue.