Reproducing the original manuscript “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” (Kickstarter campaign)

In honour of the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, Cobblestone Productions is planning to release a special edition of “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” – the original manuscript that Lewis Carroll wrote for the real Alice, and that eventually led to the publication of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”.

aaugThe aim of the project is to produce a facsimile that mimics the look and feel of the original manuscript.

The book is made to look exactly like the book was the day Lewis Carroll handed it to Alice. It will have the exact same dimensions as the real manuscript, the same cover design, and will use similar coloured paper. The ink colour has been improved to make it appear new again, as if the text was recently written.

The book is being published under licence and in collaboration with the British Library.

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Talk about Tenniel’s and Carroll’s illustrations (Oxford, UK – 13 sept. 2015)

This talk by Mark J. Davies, author of “Alice in Waterland” and “Alice’s Oxford on Foot”, will feature the iconic ‘pictures’ of John Tenniel, those of Lewis Carroll, along with his photographs, and reference to the Pre-Raphaelite artists of whom Thomas Combe was a major patron.

Combe, Superintendent of Oxford University Press, oversaw the printing of the first 2,000 copies of the world’s most famous children’s story in June 1865, and also influenced its creation in several other ways.

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New website!

For those of you who have come here before, it may have been quite a shock. But yes, I have a new website!

I’ve had the old design for years and years and an update was long overdue. The most urgent reasons were that I wanted a webshop system that was more easy to manage, and also that the old design was not mobile friendly.

old-site

The old site

As this year is the Alice in Wonderland story’s 150th birthday, I decided to celebrate it by giving you and me this new site as a present. 🙂

Until now, I’ve always done my own designs. But now that I was facing the daunting task of transferring the site to WordPress, which meant having to learn how to make templates for this type of CMS, I realised it might be better to outsource it to people who actually know what they’re doing. 😉 So a big thank you to 4Bit webdesign for creating this!

I’m not 100% satisfied with the current design yet, but as Halloween is quickly approaching, I wanted to have the new site live before the Halloween shopping season starts. In the future you will probably see some more slight design changes.

I would love to receive your feedback about this new design!
Do you love it or hate it? Are there things you specifically like or dislike? Have you found broken links or other things that don’t work for you? Do let me know!

Alice in a World of Wonderlands

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, a book has been compiled about all translations ever made worldwide. It is called “Alice in World of Wonderlands” and is now available.

Alice in a World of WonderlandsThis extensive book consists of three volumes.

In part 1, you can find essays about how translators from each country struggled with translating both Alice stories to their own language.

In the second part you can find back-translations of a certain passage from the Mad Tea Party chapter. By translating the translations back to English, you can determine how much of the original passage has remained intact, and what puns or other aspects were lost in translation.

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150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Today it is exactly 150 years ago that the first edition of the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was printed! To celebrate this anniversary, many Alice in Wonderland themed events are being organized, all over the world.

Want to join? At this site you can find a list of all known Alice in Wonderland events: http://lewiscarrollresources.net/2015/find.html

If you know about other events, do send them in!

Book review: “Off with her heart”, by Amy Dale

I was asked to review the book “Off with her heart”, by Amy Dale. Below you can read my opinion about it.

You can buy the book at Amazon.com

“Off with her heart” revolves around a bookish young girl named Katy, who fails to receive any love from her parents and feels very different and misunderstood. By accident, she enters Wonderland, and becomes the Queen of Hearts.

With this angle, Dale has succeeded in taking a special approach to the books we know so well. Instead of the tired concept of ‘Alice returns to Wonderland once more’, she makes us see Wonderland through the eyes of the Queen of Hearts, who actually is not as bad as we all knew her to be.

Admittedly, this concept of ‘viewing the story through the eyes of another character’ is not new. It’s been done several times before, like “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” is the story of the not-really-that-wicked Witch of the West and how she came to be like that. In that story, the original main character (Dorothy) is just ‘passing by’.

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