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The (Red) Queen’s Gambit

The Rev. Ivor Davies (1923-2005), vicar of Hay-on-Wye, had lifelong interests in both chess and the works of Lewis Carroll. His scholarly musings on the subject have been published in journals such as The Anglo-Welsh Review, Jabberwocky, and Theologia Cambrensis. Fortunately, the organization he founded in 1967, the Clergy Correspondence Chess Club, has recently republished his Carrollian chess essays in a booklet entitled The Chess Player’s Alice. Copies (£3.50 = $5) can be obtained by emailing the Rev. Bruce Carlin.


V&A Online Forum: Creating Wonderlands

Photocall for the performance of, 2015.

An all-day online symposium with many speakers, including illustrator Chris Riddell and Dr Kiera Vaclavik, will be held on Friday, April 30 in association with the V&A’s Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser exhibit, opening March 27. It will be 10 am to 5 pm GMT, but as your ticket “includes seven days’ access, you will be able to take the time to absorb it all, with on-demand video recordings of all sessions and additional resources, plus discussion spaces to share your perspective and further your understanding with like-minded learners from across the globe.”

More details, including the program(me) and ticket orders can be found here.


Online Lecture: Exploring Wonderlands: Alice on Stage and Screen

In this Zoom talk from the V&A, Simon Sladen explores the many adaptations of Carroll’s tale, from 1886’s inaugural stage production to 2020’s Alice in Streamingland created during lockdown. Key films will also be considered as he seeks to analyze the books’ enduring legacy and significant relationship with the performing arts.

Simon Sladen is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Performance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is a member of the curatorial team for the V&A’s Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser and co-edited the accompanying publication.

The talk will be this Thursday, February 18, at 7:30 pm GMT (11:30 am PST, 2:30 pm EST). Click here for more information and to book (free) tickets.


7 Keys to Delight

The ever inventive Adriana Peliano, a fine artist and founder of the Lewis Carroll Society of Brazil, has authored Alice and the 7 Keys, an enchanting “Pharmacopeia of Creativity” that accompanies readers on a journey, exploring their creativity by means of games, magical elixirs, and her resplendent collages.

You can read more about it on her blog, which also contains a video inspired by it, and undoubtedly will wish to purchase it from Amazon.

A Portuguese version will be out in the near future.


What the Dickens?

Dr. Edward Guiliano, one of the longtime editors of the Dickens Studies Annual: Essays on Victorian Fiction (DSA), has issued a call for scholarly essays on Through the Looking-Glass in honor of the sesquicentennial in 2022. They will be published in the Spring and Fall issues of DSA.*

The manuscript submission window is from April 2021 to April 2022. Submissions should conform with established DSA guidelines and broad critical approaches. To submit a manuscript, please visit here. Queries to the editors may be addressed here.

In addition, authors of accepted essays on TTLG 150 will be given the opportunity to present their ideas at one of our 2022 semi-annual conferences or monthly Zoom programs. Those who choose to present will receive a $500 honorarium.

* Yes, they are aware that the magazine is semi-annual, despite the title.


Katia Fiorentino’s Calendar

Katia is a talented artist, born in Italy and currently living in the U.K. Her Alice’s alphabet came out in 2014 as a limited edition of hand-screen-printed sets of illustrations, greeting cards, and a coloring book. Her work has been presented to the Lewis Carroll Society (UK) and exhibited at Alice Day in Oxford and Cambridge. She contributed to the donation of a sizable Carroll collection to the Story Museum in Oxford.

On a visit to California last year she was struck by the realization that the twelve chapters of Looking-Glass would make excellent inspirations for the twelve months of the year, and has crafted a gorgeous calendar for 2021. The images are black-and-white, surreal, dense, and the more you know about Looking-Glass the more you can see in them!

Calendars are £10 plus packing and postage and are available from her by email. At some point later this year the images will become available as single prints and stationery.


The Mystery of Edwin D.

No, this is not about the famed novel by the “other” 19th-century Charles D., but to announce the biography of Charles L. Dodgson’s youngest brother, Edwin. The illustrious Edward Wakeling, in collaboration with Caroline Luke, granddaughter of their brother Skeffington and co-executor of the C. L. Dodgson estate, has written The Life of Edwin Dodgson: Brother of Lewis Carroll and Missionary to the South Atlantic Islands (Choir Press, 2020). ISBN-13 : 978-1789631470. Support your local bookstore by ordering it through one of them!

It is described thusly:

This is the first biographical account in book form of the Rev. Edwin Heron Dodgson (1846-1918). Sources include the important family archive, from which much new information has been researched and incorporated.

After a short time working for the General Post Office in London, Edwin Dodgson became a missionary with the Society for the Propagation of the Gospels, and after a short spell in Zanzibar, spent much of his time on the remote islands in the Atlantic Ocean, principally Tristan da Cunha. During his time there, tragedy struck the island, wiping out most of the male inhabitants. Edwin, with help from his brother, set about organizing an evacuation of the island, which proved unsuccessful due to the reluctance of some of the remaining islanders.

This book is illustrated with material in the family archive and from the photographic work of Lewis Carroll.


Four New Illustrated Editions!

In addition to Nicole Claveloux’s fabulous Looking-Glass announced recently, we have for your viewing pleasure:

A new Russian translation of Wonderland by Oleg Gorbushin features illustrations by 13 contemporary Russian artists. You can see a short video about it here. The book is $41 and postage to the U.S. is $26. (A set of 53 stickers is an additional $4.) To order it, email Irina. (As of this writing, bank transfer is the only payment option, but she is working on establishing a PayPal account.)

Valeria Docampo, an artist born in Buenos Aires and now living in France, has produced a truly charming Wonderland, available in French (Alice Jeunesse, ISBN: 978-2874264399), Dutch (Eenhoorn, ISBN: 978-9462915275), and Italian (Terra, ISBN: 978-8861896475). A video of the book can be watched here. The French edition can be ordered through the Albertine bookshop.

French artist Aurélie Castex’s humorous and cartoon-like (in the best sense!) take on Wonderland is great fun. The oversize hardcover is full of playful cut-outs and other designs making for a magical adventure. A new translation, by Patrice Salsa, is another plus. You can view sample pages here. ISBN 978-2812303500.

A portfolio, limited edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with new illustrations by Alp Ozberker has been produced by George and Linda Cassady to support Carroll scholarship in connection with the Cassady Collection at USC. You can view the illustrations here. A folio book (105 unbound pages in an archival box) is $150; the art portfolio (24 pages in archival box, sans text) is $100. Email Linda.


Nicole Claveloux’s Looking-Glass!!

The marvelous French illustrator and comic-book artist Nicole Claveloux published her psychedelic edition of Wonderland (Les Aventures d’Alice au pays des merveilles) in 1974 (Grasset-Jeunesse), with a translation by François Ruy-Vidal, to universal acclaim. A mere 45 years later (Fall, 2019), her Looking-Glass (De l’autre côté du miroir) has been issued by the same publisher, in the Henri Parisot translation (ISBN 978-2246816515).

For those whose collections lack her delightful Wonderland, it was reprinted by Grasset-Jeunesse in 2013 (ISBN 978-2246787105).

Nous saluons le retour, Nicole!!

(And thank you, Adriana, for discovering it.)


White (Stone) Monday Terrific DEALS!!

Time to start your holiday shopping, and what could be finer than gifting your loved ones (or yourself) a Carrollian book, especially one sold at a discount?

Princeton University Press’s release in 2015 of the first (and only) trade edition of Wonderland with the marvelous illustrations by Salvador Dalí was a truly wondrous gift to the Carrollian world. The introduction is not the usual Wiki mini-bio, but a contemplation on Carroll, surrealism and mathematics. For any adult who wishes to read (or reread) Alice, this is the perfect edition to give them! And Princeton has offered a 30% discount to Society members for books purchased on their site through December. The code is CARROLL.

Diane Waggoner’s sublime Lewis Carroll’s Photography and Modern Childhood, explores “how Lewis Carroll’s photographs of children gave visual form to evolving ideas about childhood in the Victorian era.” Photographic quality is of the highest, and the text is of great interest to all Carrollians and students of that medium. Again, a 30% discount for our members through December is available through the code CARROLL on their site.

The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll, Volume VI: A Miscellany of Works on Alice, Theater, Religion, Science, and More is the sixth and final volume in the series. It contains more than one hundred items that Carroll wrote on a wide variety of subjects, often under his real name. Drawn from separately published pamphlets, contributions to periodicals, and unpublished manuscripts, many of these items have not been reprinted since the nineteenth century, and more than a dozen are newly discovered. The University of Virginia will offer LCSNA members a pre-publication 50% discount on this volume, for a limited time only. There will be a special email to members in the near future offering the book for half price ($47.50 as opposed to the $95.00 list).

Blending Logic and Imagination: The Puzzle Art of Lewis Carroll by Marcel Danesi, PhD, is reviewed in the Fall 2020 Knight Letter, which will be mailed later this week. Nova is offering a 20% discount on their site. Code is Carroll20.