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The Graphing of the Snark

The hypergraph properties of a short excerpt (lines 547 to 556) of “The Hunting of the Snark” was presented by Ronald Haentjens Dekker and David J. Birnbaum in their talk “It’s More than Just Overlap: Text as Graph” at Balisage: The Markup Conference in Washington DC in August of 2017. It was later printed in their Proceedings in the Balisage Series on Markup Technologies, vol. 19, and is accessible here. (Scroll down about 2/3rds of the way or search for “Appendix C. Hypergraph Visualizations.”)

[Thanks to Götz Kluge for spotting this.]


All Is in One (image) Derland

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 More New Books

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
  • Alice’s Adventures in Underland: The Queen of Stilled Hearts “Before Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, he was humble Charles Dodgson, mathematician at Christ Church college . . . and a zombie.”
  • 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.


The Tell-Tile Hearth

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 and priced for the LCSNA! (Look on the lower right of the page under “Limited Edition Collector Tiles.”)


Spring Meeting in San Diego!

San Diego Central Library (Photo: Natalia Robert)
San Diego Central Library (Photo: Natalia Robert)

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!


Hunting Snarks in the Antipathies

New Zealander David Elliot, whose book Snark: Being a true history of the expedition that discovered the Snark and the Jabberwock … and its tragic aftermath won several prestigious awards, has a Snark: A Victorian Odyssey exhibition currently running at the Ashburton Art Gallery, November 5 – February 10. It is presented in the form of a Cabinet of Curiosities and features several artifacts from Otago Museum plus other objects made by his friends. A photographer, Chris Gilman Gable, has made a short documentary on David and the exhibit, if you don’t happen to be in the neighborhood.


Believe In Dreams: A Tiffany Holiday

Tiffany & Co. Believe in Dreams campaign

“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

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.
  • Drink Me: Curious Cocktails from Wonderland by Nick Perry and Paul Rosser (Rock Point, 2018) weaves Wonderland references through recipes and instructions for making the refreshments for a thoroughly boozy tea-party.

Lost La Galliene Alice Found!!

Alice in Wonderland, 1955

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!)