World Poetry Day: celebrate your favorite Alice in Wonderland poem!

Today is World Poetry Day. As the ‘Alice’ stories are full of poems, we have many to choose from.

Did you know the ‘Mouse’s tail‘ poem was different in the original version of the story? In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Mouse promises Alice to explain why he dislikes cats and dogs, but doesn’t actually do that. In the original poem we do learn why!

Read full post >

Lewis Carroll’s death anniversary

Charles Ludwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

Lewis Carroll, author of the ‘Alice’ books, died on 14 january 1898, which is exactly 121 years ago today.

This parody of Carroll’s “Mad Gardener’s Song” was published in one of his obituaries, in the Westminster Gazette, and I think it is just perfect:

I thought I saw a fairy bird
That carrolled ever on;
I looked again, and saw it was
A mathematic don.
“Adieu, adieu,” he sadly sang;
“To Wonderland I’ve gone.”

Original printing blocks for the first ‘Alice’ editions auctioned

Yesterday, the original electrotype blocks used for printing the illustrations of the first editions of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there” were sold at auction house Christie’s.

To be able to print the illustrations, Tenniel drew on wooden blocks, which were subsequently cut by the Dalziel Brothers. From these wooden blocks, copper-plated lead printing blocks were electrotyped.

Read full post >

A very merry Mad Hatter’s Day!

Did you know that the 6th of October is called Mad Hatter’s Day?

The 6th of October can be written as 10/6 (it depends on the date format you use in your country), which refers to the card that is stuck in the Hatter’s hat.

So, are you celebrating Mad Hatter’s Day? Or do you prefer celebrating your Unbirthday?