Was Lewis Carroll’s hand-drawn manuscript of Through the Looking-Glass destroyed, or did it just go underground for almost 150 years? Looking-Glass House: The Lost Manuscript of Through the Looking-Glass imagines the rough draft of Carroll’s 1871 sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in Carroll’s own meticulous handwriting and features more than thirty pen-and-ink illustrations that look astonishingly similar to Carroll’s own charming drawings from Alice’s Adventures under Ground. See how Carroll might have imagined the chess kings and queens, the Jabberwock, and the Tweedle twins before Tenniel drew them!
Lovingly “re-“created by Daniel Rover Singer, illustrated by Jonathan David Dixon, designed by Andrew Ogus, with editorial oversight by Mark Burstein, this is a must-have! Order from Amazon here.
“Alice and the Graceful White Rabbit is a contemporary, yet faithful retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. With varying degrees of subtlety, my new version embeds tons of puns and other wordplay, including more than 600 references to the songs and artists that make up the history of Rock and Roll from the 1950s to the present.”
John Langdon, ambigram maven and author of Wordplay (introduced by Martin Gardner), has initated a Kickstarter campaign to finish up the project. Regrettably, it was not funded, and we wish John much luck in finding other avenues towards publication.
You can download a sample Chapter One (“Subterranean, Homesick, and a Little Blue”) by going here . Will Shortz gave it his approval. Rock On!!
We are very sad to learn that the extraordinary artist David Delamare passed away peacefully of natural causes on September 19th at the age of 64. His magical vision of Wonderland is preserved in a spectacular edition published by his wife, Wendy Ice, which will be available next month. Please read her lovely tribute to him on Kickstarter.
(LCSNA members receive a permanent 10% discount on gifts, books, and prints on his site by using customer code LCSNA.)
Torrid, the “plus-size” offshoot of teen-fashion merchandizer Hot Topic, has a fragrance called “Curiouser and Curiouser” (“with notes of rose, amber, pink peony, cedarwood, and honey”). You can get it in a bottle or spray. It seems to be related to Hot Topic’s line of similarly named goods: locket, t-shirts, throw, bag, and hairbrush.
Okay, it came out in 2014, but we just found out about it (thanks, Adriana!): Marks & Spencer’s Christmas ad that’s a mashup of Oz and Wonderland, not to mention Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, and a magic carpet ride. Warning: a pretty girl (Rosie Huntington-Whitely) is occasionally seen in lingerie, and Helena Bonham-Carter has a cameo. This almost makes up for the cat video posted yesterday.
I didn’t think it was possible to sink lower than Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, but apparently it is. The Disney IRL folks have re-created the tea-party scene from that abhorrent film … using cats. For you who like that sort of thing, click here. For the rest of us, kill me now.
After a year and a half long restoration, the Through the Looking Glass painting has been returned to the Pittsburg Public Library (Kansas not Pennsylvania). The Pittsburg Morning Sun notes that limited edition prints will be available to aid in fundraising for the library.
A very cool looking VR immersive game is set to be released in October, called ALICE VR (formerly titled A.L.I.C.E), and is set in a far flung future world, but with many nods to Carroll. Trailer is beautiful, if another get a chance to play, please let us know!