Pinterest Page Displays Vintage Alice in Wonderland Book Covers

Dutch Wonderland Edition ArtIf you would enjoy seeing an online collection of vintage book covers for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland from all over the world, then you’ll enjoy this Pinterest page spotted by one of our mimsy minions.  The page owner already has a nice start on an enjoyable collection of images.

To see the Wonderland book cover images on Pinterest, click me. 

German Translations of Carroll’s Works Available Print-on-Demand

Tenniel Looking-Glass TrainHere is another publishing item from one of our mimsy minions:

“Günther Flemming’s German translation of the Alice books (including Under Ground and the Nursery), the Snark, plus a plethora of prefaces, poems, riddles, biographical sketches, and the article “Alice on the Stage,” along with a “kaleidoscope” of annotations and commentary — a task begun in 1967 — has been published in three hardcover volumes. The total cost is €209 ($284) plus postage.
To buy, go to the print-on-demand site http://www.epubli.de and put “Günther Flemming” in the Search (Suchen) box, or buy it from Amazon.de:

Nina Demurova Wins Russia’s Highest Children’s Literature Prize

Nina DemurovaThis just in from one of our mimsiest minions:

“Famed Russian translator of Wonderland and Looking Glass, Nina Mikhailovna Demurova, has been awarded Russia’s highest prize in children’s literature, the 2013 Korney Chukovskii Award, given for “outstanding creative achievements.”

As the “Moscow Evening” newspaper reports, “‘No one has done more for our literature, than Demurova’, said Grigorii Kruzhkov, a well-known poet and translator of The Hunting of the Snark. ‘Thanks to Nina Mikhailovna’s work, I learned about nonsense poetry, the existence of limericks, Edward Lear, and in the end, “The Hunting of the Snark” a recognized model of absurdity.’

Nina Demurova has spoken to the LCSNA three times, in 1990, 1998, and 2001, and most recently wrote the introduction to our 2013 member premium, Sonja in the Kingdom of Wonder.”

Congratulations, Nina!  This recognition is well-deserved, indeed.

Puzzles in Wonderland Book Features Carroll-Inspired Brain Teasers

Puzzles in WonderlandOne of our mimsy minions has alerted us to a new book by Richard Wolfrik Galland entitled Lewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland.  And here is what our minion had to say:

Lewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland (Carlton/Metro 2013) is a bit of a misnomer. There are a few of Carroll’s original puzzles in the text, but most of them are “inspired by” (i.e., adapted to fit) the Wonderland environs, and nicely illustrated with the colored Tenniel drawings. R. W. Gallard has provided an intriguing collection of puzzles, conundrums, riddles, and brain-teasers categorized as “Easy,” “Curious,” and “Harder.””

If you have a Carrollian puzzle-lover on your holiday gift list, this might be a book to consider!

David Delamare Alice Book Kickstarter Campaign

If you are a fan of Lewis Carroll and reader of this blog, then you have probably seen our prior posts about artist David Delamare.  He has been working on paintings and illustrations for his own edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for five years now.  One of our mimsy minions has just alerted us that Mr. Delamare has a Kickstarter campaign going on only for a few more weeks.  If he reaches his goal, he will be publishing a private, limited edition deluxe version of his book before creating a trade edition.

So, if you are a fan of Alice, you might want to check out the rewards remaining for pledging your support for Mr. Delamare’s limited edition.  If you’re also a fan of monkeys, crocodiles, and chinoiserie, then you really should check out his campaign.  If he does not reach his fundraising goal by 3am on January 6th, 2014, the deluxe edition will not be created.

To visit the Kickstarter campaign, click me.

Looking Glass Wars Kickstarter Campaign

Looking Glass Wars Millinery AcademyIf you are a fan of the Looking Glass Wars novels, author Frank Beddor has written to let us know he has a Kickstarter campaign running for ONLY another nine days to fund the next new title, Looking Glass Wars: Millinery Academy.  As is customary with Kickstarter campaigns, there are a host of tempting rewards (all must have prizes, you know!) including signed special editions, posters, and more, for various pledge amounts.

Some of the funding will also go to a new graphic novel.  So whether you’re into only prose, graphic novels, or both, you might want to explore the campaign and its perks.  But this campaign runs for only another nine days; if the goal is not reached, the books and rewards will not be produced.

To view the Kickstarter campaign, click me.

Alice in Tumblr-Land Gives Popular Tales a Modern Twist

Alice in Tumblr-LandAuthor Tim Manley has written a witty new book that reimagines Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and other popular fairy tales for today’s social media-obsessed world.  Manley’s take on the tales and their characters tends to be brief, with tongue firmly in cheek.

If the concept tickles your funny bone, click me to find out more.

Also: we often include book links to Amazon because it’s such a popular book-buying site; we aren’t subliminally trying to endorse one book site over another.  But if you do shop on Amazon, you might want to check out their new Amazon Smile program, in which Amazon makes a tiny donation to a charitable cause of your choosing for each eligible item you buy.  And yes, if you’re a Prime user, Prime privileges still apply.  If you shop on Amazon, why not check out this painless way to donate to a good cause at the same time?

You can check out the smile.amazon.com site to learn more.

World of Alice Author and WWII Codebreaker Mavis Batey Dies at 92

Batey Oxford Book CoverIf you are reading this post, you are likely a Carrollian, and as such, if you know the name Mavis Batey, it is probably because of her books Alice’s Adventures in Oxford (1980), and The World of Alice, published in 1998, the year of the Carroll Centenary at Christ Church College, Oxford.

We regret to report that Mrs. Batey passed away on November 12th at the age of 92.  She was a brilliant and gracious person, and will be missed by many.  But her publications about Alice, and English gardens, are not her only legacy.  In her youth, she was a key part of the British government’s secret Bletchley Park  code breaking team during World War II, and made a number of significant contributions to crucial code breaking efforts (including deciphering the first message from one of the infamous German “Enigma” machines) that helped turn the tide in the war.

To read more about Mrs. Batey’s contributions while at Bletchley Park in the Washington Post, click me.

To read an obituary in The Telegraph with more details about her work at Bletchley, click me.

Lewis Carroll As Victorian Art Director

Carroll Raven Writing DeskOne of our mimsy minions has shared a link to an interesting blog post that discusses the concept of Lewis Carroll as an Art Director–after all, he certainly oversaw all aspects of the publishing of the two Alice books.  The post also provides links to three related Pinterest boards.

To read all about it, click me.

Nonsensical Advice From An Old Alice Cookbook

alicecookbookIf you’re into all things Alice, and cooking as well, you might enjoy reading this write-up about an out-of-print but amusing Alice-themed cookbook.

In addition to eccentric recipes, the book is liberally “peppered” (sorry, I couldn’t resist) with quotes from two of Lewis Carroll’s works: Feeding the Mind, and Hints for Etiquette, or Dining Out Made Easy.  Here’s a sample of the seasoned and sage (sorry, this is just too easy) advice:

“To use a fork with your soup, intimating at the same time to your hostess that you are reserving the spoon for beefsteaks, is a practice wholly exploded.”