Ahoy, Snark lovers! Our own Mahendra Singh, who published a stunning edition himself a few years ago, has alerted us to the publication of a new Dutch version of Lewis Carroll’s immortal The Hunting of the Snark. If you can read Dutch, you can find out more by clicking here.
If, like me, you can’t understand much beyond:
‘Precies de plek voor een Snark!’ riep de Man met de Bel'
you’ll still probably enjoy a peek at the sample illustration on that page!
UPDATE: If you’d like to buy a copy, but can’t read the Dutch instructions, here they are in English:
Send an email (in English) to Dick Ronner at email@example.com; he’ll send you back a PayPal invoice for 18.25 euros (about $24.50) including postage.
Attention book lovers! Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman has a new book out, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and according to the NY Times, it includes a few Carrollian references along the way. You can read the Times article here.
The LCSNA’s own Charlie Lovett (a former president) will be in New York City to promote his recently published novel The Bookman’s Tale. Charlie will talk about, read from, and sign his book (which does contain Carrollian references) at Barnes and Noble on the Upper East Side (86th and Lexington) at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday June 26. The Bookman’s Tale is the current Barnes & Noble Recommends title, was in the New York Times Extended Bestseller List in its first week of release, and has been recommended by People Magazine, Parade Magazine, The LA Times, and many other publications. For more information, check out Charlie’s website: www.charlielovett.com. Charlie is hoping to see a great LCSNA turnout at the New York signing!
The New York Public Library has a new exhibit entitled The ABC of it: Why Children’s Books Matter that explores both the importance and potency of children’s literature. The exhibit draws from books over time and around the world, combining both well-known classics with lesser-known gems. Lewis Carroll’s famous “Beggar Girl” photograph of Alice Liddell is one of the items on display, and is also part of the slideshow for this NY Times article about the exhibit.
If you attend the exhibit, add a Comment to this post and tell us what you thought!
This just in from Chris Morgan:
“Oh Dear, How Puzzling It All Is”
I am currently editing Volume 5 in the LCSNA’s The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll series, this one about “Games and Puzzles.” In addition to all of the relevant pamphlets, I would like to get copies of any unpublished Carroll letters and other manuscripts that mention games and puzzles, so I can cite them in the book. I would also like to cite any games and puzzles that have appeared over the years that have been inspired by Carroll’s ideas. Any information about these topics would be greatly appreciated.
– Chris Morgan
Time is fleeting! If you can help Chris, please do contact him directly as soon as possible with the details of what you have. Thanks for your contribution to Carrollian scholarship!
Composer Bruce Lazarus posted a link on our Facebook page about The Lewis Carroll Project, his art song cycle dedicated to the life and works of Lewis Carroll. Lazarus has drawn his libretto from both well-known and lesser-known Carroll writings, including The Game of Logic and a letter to a child friend. You can read more about the project and listen to “The Mad Gardener’s Song” by clicking here.
One of our Mimsy Minions submitted this link to a blog post from the New York Review of Books about the difficult (and perhaps impossible) challenge writers face when attempting to depict a dream. Alice, of course, features prominently in the discussion. And the post is appropriately illustrated with odd images from the late, great Edward Gorey. To read the post, click here.
The long-running TV game show “Jeopardy” features Carrolian “answers” on a regular basis. Sadly, the three contestants often don’t know the appropriate “question” in response. But on the May 29th episode, the Mouse’s Tale was used as an example of “this kind of poetry” and a contestant correctly responded “what is concrete?”
Wikipedia also references the Mouse’s Tale when giving examples of concrete poetry. We’ve heard of a “poetry slam” but the Mouse’s Tale is more of a “poetry slab!”
Today is publication day for this fascinating new novel from Charlie Lovett, former LCSNA President and wonderfully active LCSNA member:
The Bookman’s Tale is a new novel from Viking Books by Charlie Lovett (former president of the LCSNA and author of several books on Lewis Carroll). Set in the world of rare books, the novel includes several references to Alice and in particular to the original manuscript book of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground at the British Library. The Bookman’s Tale hits stores on May 28 and has been named by Barnes and Noble as its latest “Recommends” title. The book will be published in the UK and Australia this summer and in at least nine foreign languages in the coming months. More information is available on Charlie’s website, www.charlielovett.com, where you will also find his “Bookman’s Blog” dedicated to all things bookish and containing frequent entries about items in his Lewis Carroll collection.
If you’ll be in Manhattan, Charlie will be signing copies at the Barnes & Noble at 86th Street and Lexington Avenue on Wednesday, June 26th, at 7pm. You can also buy the book from the aforementioned bookseller by clicking here or by clicking the image on this post.
And now, Alice speaks Yiddish! A fine new translation of Wonderland using the Hebrew alphabet by Dr. Adina bar-El is now available for $25 including shipping via PayPal or check or cash. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
Dr. Adina bar-El,
Haza’it st. 9,
Moshav Nir-Israel, 79505