For those of you who can’t get enough of stage adaptations of our beloved The Hunting of the Snark, one of our mimsy minions has alerted me to another upcoming production in London, playing this December. I will note that the description of the piece includes this frumious statement:
An imaginative musical adventure that will inspire, excite and entertain, with the story of a lonely Boy and his father at its heart.
Ahem. Clearly some artistic liberties have been taken once again. But I do hope some of you BritMinions check it out. And if you do, please report back for the benefit of your fellow blog readers!
To learn more, click the image or click me.
This just in courtesy of our mad mimsy minions:
“A recent book, Inconvenient People: Lunacy, Liberty, and the Mad-Doctors in England by Sarah Wise (Counterpoint, 2013) discusses twelve cases of contested insanity in Victorian England and the associated alienists, Lunacy Acts, and criminally louche asylums.
In reviewing the book on August 23rd, a reviewer for the Wall Street Journal says that the Lunacy Commission’s first secretary, Robert Skeffington Lutwidge, was accompanied by his nephew, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), on visits to asylums, which “adds a dimension to the psychotic overtones” of Wonderland and Looking-Glass, and that coded references to “Uncle Skeffington’s” murder by an inmate can be found in the Snark.
There are a few problems with the WSJ review, starting with the fact that, as Edward Wakeling reminds us, CLD never went to visit an asylum in his uncle’s company. As to the interpretations of the Snark, they are legion, though Carroll had the last word: “I’m very much afraid I didn’t mean anything but nonsense!” (letter to the Lowrie children, 18 August, 1884). This particular Skeffingtonian interpretation, posited by E. Fuller Torrey, MD, and Judy Miller, authors of The Invisible Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1750 to the Present (Rutgers University Press, 2002), was duly cited by Ms. Wise in her book, and was printed as “The Capture of the Snark” in Knight Letter 73 p. 21.
“Psychotic overtones”? Humph.”
Our thanks to Ms. Wise for alerting us that the inaccuracies stem from the WSJ review, and not from her book! Ms. Wise notes that in fact she researched the question of Mr. Dodgson’s accompanying his uncle extensively, but like Wakeling, found no evidence that he ever joined on one of those trips.
We have just received this notice of a new multimedia art exhibit that will run in Chicago through November 5th (the Opening Reception is free):
“”The Mad Hatter’s Tea party” is a Multi-media wacky, whimsical group art show including mixed media sculpture, soft sculpture, 3-D photography, paintings inspired by Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and other classical story-books. Much of the artwork displayed consists of allegories and reinterpretation of traditional rich text, yet trying to be faithful to the narrative and its surreal context.
A few party related events during the show period:
Opening Reception: September 14. Costumes recommended. 6 -9 pm
Collectors night: September 16 by appointment, 847-224-9344 or: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mime/movement with Masks performance with Marianna Buchwald: TBA
“Alice” or “Dancing with Alice”: an interactive film, and Q & A with producer Ruth Sergel: October 19 -20. Time TBA.
Artists & Performers: If you would like to participate in this show, you can submit by visiting: http://www.outoflineartstudio.com/ under ‘contact’, or by clicking this link: http://www.outoflineartstudio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Call-for-Art.doc
: During the show period (until November 5) I plan to hold a few events. If any book fan would be interested in participating in a salon- discussion or in any of the events listed in the attachment, they are welcome to contact me via email: email@example.com
or by phone: 847-224-9344.
Out of Line Art Gallery
2812 W. Chicago ave, Chicago IL
Alice Liddell has made the front page of the New York Times again! This time, it’s an image of Alice as the mythical figure “Pomona,” as photographed by Lewis Carroll’s contemporary, Julia Margaret Cameron. The Metropolitan Museum in NYC has opened a new exhibit of 38 Cameron images. The exhibit runs through January 5th, 2014. To read more, click me.
This just in from one of our well-traveled mimsy minions:
Netherlands literary critic Carel Peeters has written, in Dutch of course, a fine series of essays, Het wonderland van Lewis Carroll, dealing with “seventeen sides of Carroll’s personality in his life and work.” You can find out more at:
And you can order a copy from firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Here’s something you don’t see every day. In fact, you’ve never seen one of these before–and may never see one again! A new LCSNA member by the highly appropriate name of Ray Carpenter has created a one-of a kind scrimshaw artwork depicting the Walrus and the Carpenter–and also Lewis Carroll. You can check out images of the artwork on his Etsy page. It is not inexpensive, but presumably a collector of fine art will recognize the massive number of hours that have gone into the work’s creation. We always love to see how Lewis Carroll’s works inspire artists around the world!
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!
At our recent Winston-Salem meeting, we heard briefly from Ms. Amber Adams, a choreographer and dancer hoping to raise funds to finance a physical theatre program based on “Alice in Wonderland” in Wilmington, NC. As always, we make no comment or endorsement of anything we post per se; we just like to keep you informed!
You can read about it by clicking here.