If you’re a fan of the various forms of puppetry, here’s a version of the Caterpillar scene from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as performed by a trio of puppeteers who also work at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Manhattan’s Central Park. For this clip, they use both marionettes and shadow puppets. If the video doesn’t appear below, try reloading this page. Enjoy!
In a recent post I noted the release of a new CD by alternative band Daniel Hales, and the frost heaves, called Contrariwise: Music From Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Daniel wants to let everyone know that this Friday, January 10th at 6:30pm in Massachusetts, they will be holding their official CD launch party.
You can read more about the event, including details and ticket pricing, on this Facebook page.
And you can watch a live performance compilation clip they made for “The Walrus and the Carpenter” right here (if the video doesn’t appear, try reloading this page in your browser):
Here 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:
Attention all Mimsy Minions and especially literary art lovers! To help celebrate the release of their second gorgeous “Alice” image, the good folks at Litographs.com have graciously extended to you, our Blog readers, an exclusive offer of 15% off your purchases at their site for the month of November. This discount actually applies to all their merchandise for November only, and will not be made available in our magazine or anywhere else (which is pretty much the definition of exclusive, after all). Right now, they are also offering free US domestic shipping on orders of $48 or more.
If you’re not already familiar with Litographs, they create wonderful literary-themed images composed of the texts of famous books. If you visit their site, and view either of the Alice images full size, you’ll see all the words of Wonderland! Their first Alice image (still available) is one of Alice falling down the rabbit hole. For each image, they offer posters, tote bags, and T-shirts (be sure to read the “What to Expect” section on the T-shirts; they are hand-printed).
Litographs also shares the LCSNA’s goal of promoting literacy and enjoyment of great literature. They partner with International Book Bank, and send a high-quality book to schools and libraries in developing countries for each product sold. Since 2011, they have helped send over 20,000 books! So, you’re shopping for yourself, and for a good cause.
How do you take advantage of this lovely offer from these lovely people? Simply enter the code CARROLLBLOG at checkout anytime during the month of November, and 15% will be deducted from your product total. It sounds like a brillig gift idea for the upcoming holiday season.
Our thanks to Corey Fein at Litographs.com for extending this delightful exclusive offer. Remember that it is good only for the month of November!
One 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.
Attention iPad owners! If you’re looking for an Alice book designed just for you, the creators of Alicewinks have taken a host of vintage illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and have cleverly merged and animated the images. The result is a charming and slightly surreal illustrated version of the classic book.
Given the technical complexity of the project, and the large file size, Alicewinks is only available currently as in iBook, intended for enjoyment on the Apple iPad. It is available for $9.99 in the iBooks store, but from October 14-18 ONLY, the Alicewinks edition will be available as a free download from iBooks (iPad) or iTunes (computer). They are also running a competition for the best review of their edition; the winner will receive an iPad and $100 iTunes credit.
If you have any questions or download issues, please contact the folks at Alicewinks directly. For more information, please visit the Alicewinks website.
Another mimsy minion reports:
Yayoi Kusama’s Illustrations for Alice In Wonderland have now appeared in Japan, in a new translation by LCSNA member Kimie Kusumoto. Kimie has already translated Alice once before, for an edition illustrated by British artist Brian Partridge. Kimie explains, ” I translated this time using a different style of Japanese than for Brian’s Alice book. Brian’s Alice was so cute and characters were drawn rather comically, so I tried to translate it in a tone that will fit for young girls. For Kusama’s, I tried to choose a rather ‘dry’ tone and tried not to be explanatory, though I am not sure how much I fulfilled what I planned. There are also intentions of the editors, you know? For instance, I wanted to keep mile or foot or inch as they were, but the publisher asked me to change them to metric system as Japanese people use them normally.“
The English edition bearing Kusama’s illustrations was published in 2012, and is still available on Amazon.com and other resellers.
Our congratulations to Kimie on this new publication!
If you are a Facebook user, you probably already know that there are a number of Facebook pages that pay tribute to Alice illustrations, or have other Carrollian connections. Here are just a handful, in case you’ve missed any of them. TIP: You can find these and others under our “Likes” section on our Facebook page. If you know of more, please send us the link!
Alice in Wonderland Inspired Photography, Movies and Art
Alice’s Bloody Adventures in Wonderland
If you’re an avid collector of vintage children’s literature editions, you might be interested in this updated list of the most collectible children’s books, according to Helen Younger of Aleph-Bet Books. As one would expect, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland makes the list. And note the clever way she handles the issue of the publication date. Disappointingly, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There doesn’t make Younger’s list. And don’t even think about The Hunting of the Snark. So, whether we agree or disagree, it’s interesting to see one bookseller’s list based on 30 years in the rare book business. To read the list, click here. Thanks to one of our mimsy minions for this link.
Keep those blog submissions coming, minions!
Speaking of privacy matters, in case you didn’t already know this, Amazon keeps track of what phrases are most often highlighted by folks who read their eBooks on Kindles. Now, by all rights, if those folks using Kindle readers really knew their Carrolliana, they would have found a way to make it 42nd, but research has shown that following after a whole slew of Suzanne Collins/The Hunger Games quotes, the 43rd most highlighted phrase is the Duchess’s Escher-esque advice to Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland:
“Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.”
To read the full New Republic article about the highlighting habits of Kindle readers (and what it says about our culture), click here.