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G.A.H.! (Gardner’s Annotations Hyperlinked) – As large as life, and twice as natural

The Lion and the Unicorn, from Through the Looking Glass, illustrated by Peter Newell (1902)

In Chapter VII of Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, the Unicorn looks at Alice “with an air of the deepest disgust” and asks, “What – is – this?” “This is a child!” Haigha replied eagerly, coming out in front of Alice to introduce her, and spreading out both hands toward her in Anglo-Saxon… [read full post]

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G.A.H.! (Gardner’s Annotations Hyperlinked) – The Ugly Duchess

John Tenniel Pig and Pepper Ugly Duchess
John Tenniel’s illustration of “Pig and Pepper,” from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll

When we first meet the Duchess in Chapter VI of The Annotated Alice, Martin Gardner’s footnote (on page 82) is this: A glance at the portrait of the Ugly Duchess, by the sixteenth-century Flemish painter Quintin Matsys (it is reproduced in Langford Reed’s book on Carroll) leaves little doubt that it served as the model… [read full post]

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Celebration of Mind II – Sign up!

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Can you change “100” to “CAT” by moving just two of these toothpicks? The above puzzle is probably familiar to many lovers of logic games, but new to the multitude who have not yet made the connection between mathematical problems, visual conundrums, and, of all things, fun. One man who spent a lifetime reaching out to… [read full post]

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New LCSNA Martin Gardner Tribute Book Just Released!

Callooh!  Callay!!  We are delighted to announce that the LCSNA has just published a frabjous new book paying tribute to the late, great Martin Gardner–columnist, philosopher, polymath, magician, religious thinker, and author of more than 70 books, including the groundbreaking Annotated Alice. The LCSNA’s beautiful 234-page hardcover is a delightful portmanteau accomplishment, combining entertaining and heartfelt reminiscences… [read full post]

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Cryptozoologist Dr Karl Shuker on the Cheshire Cat

Dr Karl Shuker with a rare Phantom Cat

Cryptozoology, according to the Wikipedia, “refers to the search for animals which are considered to be legendary or otherwise nonexistent by the field of biology. ” Dr Karl Shuker, according to his own bio, is “one of the best known cryptozoologists in the world.” Wikipedia describes him as “full-time freelance zoological consultant, media consultant, and… [read full post]

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Remembering Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner

With great sadness we note the passing of Martin Gardner this past Saturday, May 22, 2010, in Norman, Oklahoma at the age of 95.  Martin Gardner was not only a founding member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America but also, it is surely safe to say, the founder of serious Carroll studies through… [read full post]

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Alice’s Adventures under Ground: new typeset edition with Carroll’s original illustrations

Evertype has published a handsome new edition of Alice’s Adventure’s under Ground, Lewis Carroll’s earlier version of Alice’s adventures. Michael Everson, who has previously translated AAIW into Irish, is the editor, creating a book design inspired by Martin Gardner’s Annotated Alice and original elements from the facsimile. He has typeset the text, making it easier… [read full post]

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