VitraHaus Goes Wonderland

VitraHaus, the flagship store in Weil am Rhein, Germany, of the high-end (think Eames) Swiss furniture manufacturer Vitra, commissioned architect/designer India Mahdavi to make an exhibit/playroom on their top floor with an Alice in Wonderland theme. Here are some more pictures.

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Selected Shorts Celebrates Alice

On their April 6th PRI radio broadcast, guest host Cynthia Nixon introduced readings from two chapters of  Wonderland and one from Looking-Glass in a program titled Curiouser and Curiouser. Ari Graynor read “The Pool of Tears;” Sonia Manzano read “The Mock Turtle’s Story;” and Dan Stevens read “Humpty Dumpty.” Click here to experience the hour-long program.

42 Original Adriana Peliano Collages!

Adriana Peliano–artist extraordinaire, founder of the LCSBrazil, and beloved speaker at our conferences–recently emailed “Today is my 42nd un-unbirthday, an arcane Carrollian number. (There are also 42 Tenniel illustrations in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.) So, as a collage alicedelic artist, I decided to open my chest of pictures from many sources I collected throughout my long life and make puzzles over the original illustrations. The intention is not mirror the book, instead, to disconnect through free associations and curiouser coincidences.

“These are different from the ones in the Portuguese-language Alice edition I recently illustrated with digital collages; these ones are made from paper, scissors, and glue, which means: just one of each in this universe!

Take a look at them here. If you find something you like, click on it to see it enlarged and to be sure it’s still available, then email Adriana. US$42 (of course) each, plus postage.

Geppi Museum Exhibit on Disney Alice Opens

As those of you who are coming to our upcoming Spring meeting are aware, our fellow Carrollian’s exhibition of Disney Alice memorabilia is now on exhibit at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.  Animation Scoop magazine just posted an online interview on their blog, check it out!



Excellent Article in WSJ on David Del Tredici’s ‘Child Alice’

As the article says:  “David Del Tredici’s ambitious ‘Child Alice’ reveals a complicated vision.”

More importantly, the performance was recorded, to be released in 2017. What I like about this article is its stance on the establishment’s take on difference – even when that establishment is nontraditional.  The atonal powers-that-be dismissed this out of hand, and we all know that (especially in the world of Carroll) most everything is nontraditional.  There are no boundaries, and every adaptation, homage, new work, or revival should be evaluated not only as a derivative of Carroll, but also on its own merits, regardless of the context or even preceding work of the artist.  Well done, Allan Kozinn.

Annotated Sylvie & Bruno Volume 3

Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded “removed from its distracting asides, to be presented initially for specialist scholars, as a simpler and annotated didactic new edition” with notes by Ray Dyer, PhD, was published as two volumes in one, as we announced here (it will be reviewed in the spring issue of the Knight Letter). The third volume, dealing with the frame story, has just been published as Lady Muriel: The Victorian Romance.

Order from Troubador Press here. They have kindly offered a 25% discount to LCSNA members by entering “CARROLL15” in the discount code box. Or Amazon here.

Down Under (Ground)

A Kickstarter-funded group in the Antipathies (aka Australia aka Down Under aka Oz) has come up with a fine facsimile edition of the Under Ground ms., complete with a pair of white cotton gloves. For just AU$500 (US$375) you can get a hand-bound leather boxed edition; for AU$60 (US$45) a machine-bound bonded leather one. Check it out here. Or see the original online at the British Library site.

Mary Kline-Misol: The Alice Cycle – Selected Works Now Available as Giclée Prints

Mary Kline-Misol, the fabulous Alice artist who hosted the 2006 meeting is now offering selected images from her Alice Cycle as fine art giclée reproductions.  Images from the series include:

2.Apotheosis of Alice
3.Curiouser and Curiouser
4.Brothers Tweedle
6.Fetish for Cheshire Cat

Print size is 20X18 on archival paper. Priced at $180.00 per image unframed and $350.00 framed plus shipping.  You can contact her through her webpage or directly through her gallery.

Artisan Gallery 218
218 5th street
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Elementary, My Dear Dodgson

Holmes and Dodgson/Carroll? It is not terribly surprising that these two 19th-century literary icons with ontological dilemmas* sometimes appear together as dual protagonists in fiction and drama. From novels like In Pursuit of Lewis Carroll (1994), Sherlock Holmes and the Alice in Wonderland Murders (2000), and Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of the Deadly Illusion (2013), short stories like “The Case of the Detective’s Smile” and “Alimentary, My Dear Watson” from Sherlock Holmes in Orbit (1995), through Sherlock Through the Looking-Glass (2013), a play, these two have been amusingly intertwined.

A new novel joins the fray: Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Grinning Cat by Joseph W. Svec III. “When the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter turn up at 221-B Baker Street to enlist the help of Sherlock Holmes in locating Alice, who is missing from Wonderland, and Lewis Carroll himself, who is also nowhere to be found, there begins an adventure more stranger and curious than anything Sherlock ever encountered.” The book will be reviewed in an upcoming Knight Letter.

* Sherlockians insisting on treating him as having actually existed, and, at least in the latter part of his life, Dodgson’s denial that he was Carroll (if not he, who?).