Liddell Jokes

“Lewis Carroll and Alice Play Call Our Bluff” by Alan Lance Andersen and Rebecca Ann Edwards appears in the July issue of Games Magazine, which will be on newsstands around May 15th. This nicely illustrated piece is a feature article/puzzle in which the reader tries to solve the puzzle in the text—to determine which of the many tidbits of Alice history are true and which the authors made up—and these are based on, to quote Mr. Andersen, “quirky trivia” about Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell. [Though some Carrollians might have one or two quibbles with the information in the article.]

A Christmas gift to a dear child

The Folio Society is offering a limited edition (only 3,750 copies!) of Alice’s Adventures under Ground, the original manuscript version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Lewis Carroll’s own illustrations. While offered before by other publishers, this leather-bound edition seems to be reproduced from the original owned by the British Library, and is accompanied by “an illuminating companion booklet, in which Sally Brown, Curator of Modern Manuscripts at the British Library, traces the manuscript’s development, and explores Carroll’s friendship with Alice Liddell and her family. This 32-page companion booklet contains 17 illustrations, including photographs taken by Lewis Carroll.”

(By the way, I believe this is the same booklet…)

New book of Carroll’s photographs

(c) Phaidon Press
Lewis Carroll by Anne Higonnet will be published by Phaidon Press on October 1st: “Lewis Carroll also pursued a photographic career, demonstrated by this beautiful collection of 55 vintage photographs. We enter Carroll’s wonderfully strange world with studies of anatomical skeletons taken during his years spent at Christ Church College, Oxford. This is followed by compelling portraits of children including Alice Liddell, the inspiration for the protagonist of his popular novel, alongside those of his family members and eminent Victorians such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and John Everett Millais. A dedicated and prolific photographer, Carroll created approximately 3,000 images during his twenty-five years of photographic activity. This monograph will be irresistibly essential to Carroll enthusiasts and novices alike, as well as anyone interested in Victorian England or the history of photography.” (ISBN 9780714842820, £19.95/$US39.95/€29.95/$CA39.95/$AUS49.95)

Nursery Alice prints

White Rabbit Press has just launched a new signed and numbered limited edition of prints from The Nursery Alice. The prints are signed by Caroline Luke (great-great- grandniece of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Mary Jean St Clair (granddaughter of Alice Hargreaves, née Liddell), Walter Tenniel Evans (great-nephew of Sir John Tenniel), Lesley (Dalrymple) O’Neil (great-grandniece of Emily Gertrude Thomson), and Edward Wakeling (former Chairman of the Lewis Carroll Society and noted Carroll scholar and author) See www.alice-in- wonderland.biz for more information.

Liverpool Alice Art

The Liverpool (U.K.) Academy of Arts has an open exhibition on the theme of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, open from July 22 to August 7, which has over a hundred wonderfully varied paintings and sculptures by Merseyside artists. In addition, there is a full series of Alice paintings created by June Lornie, plus photographs and details from the lives of Lewis Carroll/Charles Dodgson and Alice Liddell supplied by members of the Daresbury Lewis Carroll society.

Happy Alice’s Day!

Wishing you a a very happy Alice’s Day filled with much croquet, rowing, and tea parties! As I’m sure you all know, this auspicious day celebrates the first time the Rev. Charles L. Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) told the story of “Alice in Wonderland” to Alice Liddell and her sisters.

What, you thought you had today off because of some other holiday?!

Happy Independence Day, or however you choose to celebrate the 4th…

No more Penmorfa

Sadly, it appears that despite attempts to declare it a historical building, Penmorfa, the Liddell’s former summer home in Wales, has been slated for demolition: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_west/7424400.stm

What’s happening in Holland?

Ending this weekend is an exhibit at Kunstkerk Dordrecht (Dordrecht, the Netherlands), which includes Alice-inspired paintings by Sarah Yu Zeebroek, and a reading/performance of Manifestation Alice in Wonderland by Foundation de LuiaardVrouwe, followed by high tea. Tickets are still available. Visit http://www.meursam.nl/ (in Dutch or here in English) for more information, as well as to see a watercolor of Dordrecht by Dean Liddell.

Save Alice’s House!

I’ve neglected to mention that the Liddell family vacation home, Penmorfa, in Llandudno, Wales, is slated for demolition and redevelopment. Fortunately, the various Lewis Carroll societies and local historical societies have generated a lot of publicity in hopes of gaining historical status for the building, and a petition will be presented to the council and to the Welsh Assembly (www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/Petition-to-save-39Alice39house.3934904.jp). If you are interested in adding your pleas, you may send an email addressed to cynllun.plan@conwy.gov.uk with ref to applications for demolition of Penmorfa, no’s, 0/34325 and 0/34236, or a letter to The Chief Planning Officer, Civic Offices, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, LL29 8AR (U.K.).

Not certain who took this photo, but all (c) to him or her, and my thanks.

An exhibit for everyman

The Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill has an exhibit, “The ABC of Collecting Everyman’s Library,” which includes an Alice originally owned by Alice (Liddell) Hargreaves. The exhibit is free and runs from January 17 through March 31: www.lib.unc.edu/spotlight/2008/everymans.html.

From our Australian correspondent: “The Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s “Sunday Arts” program of 17 February had in its section “Australian Artists of Tomorrow” an item on Adelaide photographer Harmony Nicholas, “a rising star in photography”, “exhibiting at Adelaide’s “Citadel Exhibition Space” from 6-11 April 2008″. Much of her work plays with images from Alice inWonderland. From what I could make out, it involves a grown adult dressed in the part; her blue frock and blondness seems (ironically or otherwise) derived from Disney rather than Tenniel directly.” Images can be viewed at http://dalaiharma.deviantart.com/gallery/.

The Design Toscano website has a resin Humpty Dumpty statue for your garden or a very strong bookshelf (it weighs 11 pounds). It’s not quite Tenniel, but…