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The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is hosting an exhibit “Alice in the Land of Books,” from the collection of Maayan Cohen Duwek. The collection includes rare editions, among them the first Hebrew translation, published in Germany in 1924. There are activities as well. It opened on Sept. 1; no closing date announced.
Renowned Spanish illustrator, and professor at the University of Granada, Sergio García Sánchez depicted the entire book of Wonderland in a single circular image, published in the New York Times Book Review on February 2, 2018. He has now made beautiful 100 × 100 cm (39 × 39 inch) prints available on acid-free Fabriano Accademia paper, 120 gr., signed by the artist. A print plus shipping to the US is $100. Contact him by email.
Five new books of possible interest to younger Carrollians:
“Gothically visionary” You Are Alice in Wonderland’s Mum (Pick-A-Plot book 4 in a series of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style books, Conundrum Press, 2017), written and illustrated by Sherwin Tjia. “In a quest to find your daughter that will take you through the seedy underbelly of London’s Whitechapel district and up into the secret debauched heart of its richest denizens, …” Alice’s Mum is called Hannah for some reason. The Pick-A-Plot series also contains such undoubted masterpieces as You Are a Cat in the Zombie Apocalypse.
Described as a “Steampunk Alice in Wonderland,” Curiouser and Curiouser (Clockpunk Press, 2017) by Melanie Karsak (who describes herself as “a steampunk connoisseur, zombie whisperer, and heir to the iron throne”), follows Alice Lewis through adventures with Lord Dodgson, Rabbit, Jabberwocky [sic], and the like through the London of the Crystal Palace exhibition.
DeAnna Knippling’s The Clockwork Alice (Wonderland Press, 2017) is a YA novel described as “In Wonderland, a terrible curse had been inflicted on the inhabitants. For half the day, they are banished to the opposite side of Wonderland, where everyone is made of clockwork and forced to work until sunrise, winding the Master Chronometer that powers them all. And if they don’t? The entire world will wind down.” She is also the author of
Stefanie Marie’s War of Hearts (2018), Book 1 of her Wonderland Kings series, set in today’s world, follows Alexandra (“Alex”) Kincade into Wonderland, these days full of dark magic and dead things, and her four “kings” in what is called a “reverse harem” arrangement.
As we all know, Rev. C. L. Dodgson’s fireplace in his rooms at Oxford was surrounded by beautiful brick-red decorative tiles created by William De Morgan. A sailing ship was depicted at the top, with both mythical and natural creatures encircling it. (Seen here in Linda Gray-Moin’s re-creation, KL 100:4. A detailed article on the subject will be in the forthcoming Knight Letter #102.)
The frabjous news is that you can now get perfect reproductions of these tiles from William Morris Tile! You can buy them in several sizes, or one or two of the multi-image ones specially designed for the LCSNA! (Look on the lower right of the page.
Our Spring 2019 meeting will be held March 8 and 9 in sunny San Diego, California, and is filled with all manner of things—great opportunities, exceptional speakers, and an archaeological adventure to rediscover a once-lost mural! Friday events will be held at the San Diego Central Library, and activities include the Maxine and David Schaefer Memorial Reading, a tour of the Library (including the Children’s Library and Rare Book Room), and their special Alice exhibit. On Saturday at San Diego State University‘s Scripps Cottage, activities include terrific speakers—fine scholarly talks, and others more focused on the popular culture (Edward Gorey! Kathleen Krull! Shel Silverstein! Star Wars! see Agenda for details), a short trip to view a once-lost Alice in Wonderland mural, and an exhibition of Edward Gorey’s Carroll materials. San Diego is a beautiful place—you may wish to stay a couple of extra days!
“This holiday season, Tiffany & Co. introduces the latest chapter of its ‘Believe in Dreams’ campaign, which takes viewers behind the scenes of a Tiffany workshop where surprising and surreal moments unfold, featuring a star-studded cast of characters. The campaign film opens at Tiffany & Co.’s iconic Fifth Avenue flagship store, where actress, musician and style icon Zoë Kravitz stars as a Tiffany sales professional working late into the evening. Kravitz is drawn from reality into a Tiffany Blue®dreamscape infused with pops of neon. At the heart of this whimsical wonderland is an underground holiday workshop with craftspeople, and at the helm is a quirky manager played by model Xiao Wen Ju. The exquisite workmanship and masterful artistry of Tiffany & Co. are brought to life in a series of witty vignettes with cameos from models Karen Elson and Maye Musk, among others. The journey culminates in a ‘madcap tea party’ hosted by Naomi Campbell.” The ad features Aerosmith’s 1973 hit “Dream On.” Lots of Wonderland references; click here.
Four new books of possible interest to Carrollians:
Seek & Find Classics: Alice in Wonderland, retold by Sarah Powell, illustrated by Isabel Muñoz, and published by Little Bee Books, asks toddlers to find various things hidden within pictures. It carries a short biography and introduction by the redoubtable Edward Wakeling.
Lewis Carroll: Author of Alice in Wonderland, a POD (or e-) comic book from TidalWave Productions, sets a biography of sorts within Wonderland. The writing can be moderately amusing, but the drawing is hideously amateurish, rendering both CLD and Alice as repugnant. Alan Tannenbaum suggests CLD looks more like Soupy Sales; I’d wager that Mortimer Snerd was used as a model for Alice. It’s that bad.
Following on the heels of Alice in Brexitland (Ebury Press, 2017; KL 101:64) comes Theresa Maybe in Brexitland written and illustrated by young activist/performer Madeleina Kay. There’s no publisher listed, but one can get it through her website.
Eva Le Gallienne’s legendary 1932 Broadway version (Josephine Hutchinson as Alice, Burgess Meredith as the Duck, Eva Le Gallienne herself as the White Queen) was re-created and broadcast on television by the Hallmark Hall of Fame in 1955, starring Gillian Barber as Alice, with featured players including Tom Bosley and Elsa Lanchester. That video has been considered “lost” to this day; it wasn’t even listed in the definitive “Alice on the Screen” in the 2018 Annotated Alice! But somehow, miraculously, it has now become available as streaming video on Amazon Prime (one can also purchase it on DVD – scroll down the page to find the little box on the left).
The production was re-created in 1982, as we all know, with Richard and Kate Burton, Colleen Dewhurst, Donald O’Connor, Nathan Lane, etc., which is widely available.
(A tip of the Hatter’s hat to Terry Steven for letting us know about this!)
Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s 2010 setting for the Royal Ballet, with an original score by Joby Talbots, was filmed at the Royal Opera House and is now available on Blu-ray from Opus Arte. The ballet has garnered very positive reviews as it traveled around the globe (including at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in October 2012, and at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., in January, 2013). It was released on regular DVD in 2010 and 2014. A preview is available here.