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Welcome to the LCSNA’s blog, where you can read regular updates about Lewis Carroll’s influence on all aspects of life.  Please keep in mind that these posts are informational only; we do not endorse any link, statement or product cited below unless we specifically state that within the post. Also, the bloggers do not speak for the LCSNA as a whole. We hope you’ll visit often to review the posts and add comments.

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Golden Age Illustrators

Time to give a shout-out to the Pook Press of Alcester, Warwickshire, UK, which is producing an inexpensive series of facsimile editions, “celebrat[ing] the great ‘Golden Age of Illustration’ in children’s literature – a period of unparalleled excellence in book illustration from the 1880s to the 1930s,” the original editions of which would be prohibitively expensive. Illustrators included in their Wonderland editions are: Frank Adams, Honor C. Appleton, Ada Bowley, Gwynedd M. Hudson, A. E. Jackson, Dudley Jarrett, Gertrude A. Kay, M. L. Kirk, Thomas Maybank, Blanche McManus, Charles Pears and T. H. Robinson, Willy Pogany, Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Harry Rountree, Georg Soper, Millicent Sowerby, Margaret Tarrant, John Tenniel, and Milo Winter.

They also have a mash-up that showcases many of the above called The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland: The Golden Age of Illustration Series; Songs From Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, illustrated by Charles Folkard; and Alice in Wonderland: A Play by Emily Prime Delafield, illustrated by Betram Goodhue.

The books are POD (print-on-demand) and are available in hard- and softcover and Kindle.

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Wander through the V&A with Richard E. Grant

On Alice’s birthday, the UK online series “Wander: Walks through Beautiful Spaces Accompanied by the World’s Favourite Voices” took on Richard E. Grant and the V&A. He is reading the Tea Party chapter as he wanders through the halls. Some of the art is from the V&A, some not. View Part I and Part II, a delightful 11 minutes in the company of Allegiant General Pryde.

(This has nothing to do with the ginormous Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser show at the V&A planned for late June, which will probably be postponed.)

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Lit Hub’s Tribute to Alice’s 155th Birthday

20 Artists’ Visions of Alice in Wonderland From the Last 155 Years” by Emily Temple on Grove Atlantic’s online site “Literary Hub” was published on Alice’s 155th birthday. (The fictional Alice, that is, as Wonderland was published in 1865; Mrs. Hargreaves would be observing her 168th.) Since it did celebrate the books’ inspiring “creative work of just about every genre,” I suppose one cannot quarrel with their including a painting by Max Ernst and a screenprint by Peter Blake. Naturally, a list like this will engender any number of opinions, but in this person’s mind, she has done very well with the highlights, but would someone please tell me what Nick Hewetson (Templar, 1995) is doing in place of Willy Pogany, Ralph Steadman, or Helen Oxenbury? De gustibus non est disputandum, I guess.

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If you knew Time …

“Either the well was very deep, or she fell very slowly, for she had plenty of time as she went down to look about her, and to wonder what was going to happen next.”

For so many of us, this topsy-turvy world of shelter-in-place has left us with time on our hands. Our president, Linda Cassady, has some suggestions for some fine online Carrollian resources. And who knows? You might discover some unknown or little-known item or a fresh perspective that we can tell the world about!

Our website – come explore! Go into areas in the menu bar you haven’t before. And if you find something wrong, or something that could be improved, or you’d like to add, let us know!

The Cassady Collection at USC

The Bodelian Digital Library at Oxford

Princeton’s holdings of CLD’s photographic albums

27 beautifully rendered hi-resolution facsimiles of Alice in many languages are at the Rare Book Room. Enter “Carroll” in the Search (not Authors) box.

Mark Richards’ Lewis Carroll Resources

Image: digital collage by Adriana Peliano.

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Twinkle Bat Variations on Podcast

Dr. April Lynn James wears many different hats—award-winning singer & scholar, librarian, creative educator exploring the intersection of the arts, spirituality, and wellness. The guardian angel of her sense of humor, Madison Hatta, Sonneteer, has written many Alice-related poems, published under the title “The Twinkle Bat Variations.” You can now hear them as a series of podcasts, a fine way to while away the time in these curiouser and curiouser times.

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Oleg Lipchenko’s Looking-Glass!

In 2009, Oleg’s fabulous illustrations to Wonderland were awarded the annual IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, which honors outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books. His 2012 Snark is also a treasure. And now he’s ready to go with his Looking-Glass! Look here.

In order to achieve this, he has initiated a Kickstarter campaign. You can buy (prices are in CA$, about 70% of US$): a set of Unbirthday cards ($20), playing cards ($25), postcards ($50), prints of chapters ($50 and up), prints ($80-$120), the Limited edition of the book ($350 and up), even original art ($500).

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Spring Meeting Canceled

Dear Members and Friends of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America.
As you are aware, organizations and institutions are canceling public gatherings as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. This is to inform you that the LCSNA 2020 Spring Meeting in Cleveland, OH will not be held on the originally scheduled dates of May 8-10, but is rescheduled to Saturday, Oct 3 -Sunday October 4 [with the Schaefer Memorial Reading on Friday, Oct 2], and will still be hosted at Case Western Reserve University. Please continue to check the website for additional updates about the LCSNA meeting as we move closer to the new date.

During this period of uncertainty, we look forward to a time where it is safe for us to travel and meet.

I want to thank the Board of Directors, Arnold Hirshon (Vice Provost and University Librarian at Case Western Reserve University and host of the Spring [now Fall] 2020 meeting), and E. Haven Hawley (Chair, Department of Special & Area Studies Collections at the University of Florida and host of the LCSNA 2020 Fall meeting [now postponed to Fall 2021] for working together on the LCSNA meeting schedule. I was uplifted by Dr. Hawley’s statement when discussing the future meetings she wrote: “Our partnership now is as part of support for the larger society through postponement.”

If you have questions, please send an email to linda.cassady@comcast.net.

We wish good health to all.

Linda Cassady, President and the Board of Directors
Lewis Carroll Society of North America

Thank you to Oleg Lipchenko for the illustration!

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North America’s First PhD in Publishing

Dr. Amanda Lastoria of Simon Fraser University in British Columbia has earned North America’s first PhD in Publishing. Her thesis, “The material evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: How book design and production values impact the markets for and the meanings of the text,” can be accessed here. A version of one chapter, “Lewis Carroll, Art Director: Recovering the Design and Production Rationales for Victorian Editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was published by the journal Book History (vol. 19, 2019). It is likely to be published in book form.

Attendees at our spring 2017 meeting in San Francisco will remember her fascinating talk, “Art Directing Alice: Recovering Carroll’s Creative Process.” Congratulations, Amanda!

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In a Strangeling Land

Artist Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s take on Alice tends towards the large-eyed, Betty Boop-slash-“kawaii” (cuteness) style of Japanese manga and anime, but with her own brightly colored, somewhat kitschy slant. On her site, Strangeling (and its related Etsy store), one can find her series “Alice in Other Lands,” which features Alice as if painted by Bosch, Velázquez, Brueghel, da Vinci, Dalí, Fragonard, Bouguereau, and others. Related “merch” is in the form of a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle, a pocket diary, a coloring book, enamel pins, vinyl dolls, canvas prints, handbags, a diary, etc.

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It’s the REAL Bicen-Tenniel!!

Scooped! For several weeks, Matt Demakos and I have been planning to post this today, but it seems the Google Doodle folks have scooped us. Since they have a (marginally) wider readership, we are delighted. Meanwhile, here is the original post:

Happy Two Hundredth Birthday to Sir John Tenniel (February 28 , 1820 – February 25, 1914)! Our featured photo is a rare one of young JT sans mustache, circa 1862.

We know he heard us, for in the letter below, does it not start, “How good of you to remember my poor old birthday?”

Thank you to Matt Demakos for reminding us of this important commemoration and providing an image of that fine letter.

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