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Evertype: The Westminster Alice

Postby Evertype » Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:33 am

Evertype would like to announce the publication of The Westminster Alice, by Hector Hugh Munro (Saki), a political parody of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass .

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From the introduction:

Saki was the pen-name of Hector Hugh Munro (1870–1916). He was an author and playwright best known for his subtle and witty short stories. He wrote for periodicals such as the Westminster Gazette, the Daily Express, the Bystander, the Morning Post, and the Outlook.

Francis Carruthers Gould (1844–1925) was a political cartoonist and caricaturist who contributed to the Pall Mall Gazette until he joined the Westminster Gazette when it was founded. He later became an assistant editor for that publication. In addition to illustrating Saki’s Westminster Alice in a series of publications from 1900 to 1902, Gould also illustrated Charles Geake’s parody John Bull’s Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland, published in 1904.

The Westminster Alice vignettes were collected together and published in Westminster Popular No. 18 in 1902. Twenty-five years later, John Alfred Spender (1862–1942), who had edited the Westminster Gazette from 1896 until 1922, published them again with a foreword and a set of footnotes. These are re-published here, to help guide the reader into understanding and appreciating the context of Saki’s parodies.

In his 1927 edition, Spender re-arranged the vignettes in chronological order—that is, in the order in which they had been published in the Westminster Gazette. Here, I have reverted to the order in which Saki had published them in 1902, as it seems to me that he may have arranged them thus for reasons of narrative or—well, to be honest, I don’t know, but I’d rather not second-guess him. The dates of publication are given for those readers interested in the chronology, however.

I am grateful to the University of Bristol Library, Special Collections, for permission to reproduce Francis Carruthers Gould’s “His own Inventions”, originally published in 1922, as an appendix to this edition.

I am likewise grateful to Hugh Cahill, Assistant Librarian at the Foyle Special Collections Library in King’s College London for his permission to reprint, as an afterword, his 2008 review of The Westminster Alice, which first appeared on the web in a slightly different form as as one of continuing series of pieces based on notable items from the collections of the Foyle Special Collections Library.

Michael Everson
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3rdpoliceman

Postby 3rdpoliceman » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:09 pm

Wow, Saki wrote an Alice book? That is so cool.

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Postby Evertype » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:15 pm

It is indeed! And The Westminster Alice is a good introduction to the other political and economic parodies, too.

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