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Simon Winchester on Charles Dodgson: “his interest in the Liddell girls during their prepubescent years was unremarkable, in every sense of the word”

Simon Winchester, author of the excellent book The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary, is back with a book about Lewis Carroll and the Liddell family called The Alice Behind Wonderland. The new book uses Carroll’s famous 1958 photograph of Alice as a beggar-girl… [read full post]

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New L.A.-themed Retelling of Alice Serialized Online

A page from MirrorLAnd: A Fiction Project by Jenka Gurfinkel, MirrorLAndStory.com

Coming up from the “performance art subculture burgeoning in Downtown LA,” Jenka Gurfinkel is releasing a new Alice-inspired “fiction project” (formerly known as a ‘novel’) in serialized installments online, at mirrorlandstory.com. The first two chapters of “MirrorLAnd” have been posted, with aspirations of one day becoming a full graphic novel – which I believe involves… [read full post]

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See Max Ernst’s Lewis Carroll Illustrations on YouTube

Here’s a nice YouTube video of Max Ernst’s illustrations for Lewis Carroll’s Wunderhorn (“Miracle Horn,”) 1970, and “Die Jagd nach dem Schnark” (“The Hunting of the Snark,”) 1969. The music is “Oiseaux Exotiques” by Olivier Messiaen.

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Lewis Carroll accused of being on… crack? That’s a new one.

Alice in Wonderland, Juivenile Productions Ltd, 1952, illustrated by Willy Schermele

We normally let this type of article slip by unremarked, but this one was too good. Jerry Della Femina, who writes a column called “Jerry’s Ink” for the Long Island Press, published a rant last week titled “Was Lewis Carroll on Crack?” It is supposed to be a humorous piece about a grandfather suffering through… [read full post]

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Wonderland vs. Wonderland on Broadway?

Edward Staudenmayer (Rabbit) in Wonderland: A New Musical Adventure

Wonderland: A New Musical (formerly known as Wonderland: A New Musical Adventure) started previews today, March 21st, at the Marquis Theatre on Broadway. It stars Janet Dacal, who created the role of the “modern-day Manhattan mom named Alice” in Tampa Bay, alongside former Miss America Kate Shindle as Mad Hatter. It will open officially April 17th,… [read full post]

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Meg Hunt’s Classy “Picture Book Report” of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Picture Book Report of AAIW by Meg Hunt

Illustrator Meg Hunt has some cool Alice in Wonderland illustrations on her website www.meghunt.com. “For 2010, I decided to curate a big narrative project with several friends entitled Picture Book Report,” she wrote.  “Every month we will create a new illustration in a series devoted to favorite books of ours.” These look great, Ms. Hunt, we’d like… [read full post]

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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Wonderland

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has just finished their premiere run of a new “Wonderland” choreographed by Shawn Hounsell at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall. It was there till March 13th, but it will now begin a worldwide tour of Canada, ending at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, April 28th to 30th. Paula Citron’s dance review in The Globe… [read full post]

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The Daguerreotype that was not Dodgson or The High Price of Mistaken Identity

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Dr Michael Pritchard, a regular contributor to the British Photographic History Blog, has alerted us to his cautionary tale about the uncertain world of eBay bidding. The above daguerreotype, which if you can’t read it is captioned “Charles L. Dodgson Christ Church 1858,” recently sold on eBay for £3,300, about $5,300. The image, if you… [read full post]

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Atomic Antelope detonates another amazing Alice app

Atomic Antelope‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland digital pop-up book for the iPad was not just a best selling app for the new tablet device, it was also one of the most innovative eBooks on the market. The New York Times ran an article last November complaining that, with the possibilities in the touch-screen age for… [read full post]

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