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Lecture: “It’s Wrong from Beginning to End”

On Friday 18 November, in London (UK), Brian Sibley and David Weeks entertain us by speaking about Lewis Carroll’s literary parodies on (in his time) well-known moral and improving texts.

The speakers will present many examples of his parodies, to demonstrate the influence of Isaac Watts and other writers of moral and improving texts on the young Charles Dodgson. They will show how he lampooned them, first in his juvenile writings (such as ‘Useful and Instructive Poetry’), and later in the pages of ‘Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’. Aas a result, his parodies have outlived their once distinguished, but now largely forgotten, originals.

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Lecture: On Going Out Altogether – Carroll’s and Other Children

On 29 July, the Lewis Carroll Society organises a lecture in London (UK) called ‘On Going Out Altogether: Carroll’s and Other Children’.

Professor Jan B Gordon explores (“with a plea for audience participation”) why Alice’s fears of her total disappearance are totally justified, given “childhood” and its dangers in 19th century literature. And, along with the flickering in and out of Alice, will be considered such puzzles as a Cheshire Cat that appears and disappears and food both that is both simultaneously there and not there at a tea table.

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154th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland

Today it is exactly 154 years ago that Lewis Carroll made up the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story!

The White Rabbit blowing his trumpetThe story arose at 4 July 1862, when Lewis Carroll (pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), was on a boat trip with a friend, Alice, and her sisters Lorina and Edith. Alice grew restless and begged Dodgson for a story “with lots of nonsense in it”. So started the famous tale, which was continued on further outings, and was later expanded for publication.

Exactly three years later, on 4 July 1865, the first edition of the book was printed.

Read more about the origins of the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ story

Alice’s Day in Oxford 2016

“Alice’s Day” is an annual event in Oxford, UK, to celebrate the publication of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”. This year the event will be held on July 2.

On Alice’s Day, all kinds of Alice in Wonderland themed activities and events are being organized in the city. This includes tea-parties, games, storytelling, talks (from a.o. the Lewis Carroll Society), walks, live music and more. Most events are free of charge!

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Happy birthday, Alice!

Today would have been the 164th birthday of Alice Liddell, the real girl where ‘Alice’ from Alice in Wonderland was based on. Also, May 4th is the day the story “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” took place!

Alice LiddellAlice Liddell was born on 4 May 1852. She died on 15 November 1934, aged 82.

That Lewis Carroll, the author of the book, had the story take place on Alice’s actual birthday, is never explicitly mentioned in the book. However, we can derive the date from Alice’s remarks in chapters 6 and 7:

`the March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad–at least not so mad as it was in March.’

`What day of the month is it?’ he said, turning to Alice: he had taken his watch out of his pocket, and was looking at it uneasily, shaking it every now and then, and holding it to his ear.
Alice considered a little, and then said `The fourth.’

 

Read more about the real Alice and other hidden references in the ‘Alice’ stories!

Memorabilia exhibition of Disney’s 1951 ‘Alice in Wonderland’ movie

If you are fond of Disney’s 1951 cartoon movie, visit this exhibition in Baltimore (USA)! Collector Matt Crandall shows his extensive collection of Alice in Wonderland movie memorabilia in Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.

The exhibit contains over 200 items, like original pre-production and production art including cels, drawings, and paintings, but also movie posters, books, magazines, toys, games, dolls, ceramic figures, advertising, and photographs.

Details:

  • Open from April 2 through October 2, 2016
  • Location: Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (www.geppismuseum.com); 301 W Camden St., Baltimore

 

Alice in Wonderland exhibition in Moscow

Until March 1st you can visit an exhibition in Moscow (Russia) that is dedicated to the 150th anniversary of the Alice in Wonderland story. You can see several ‘illusion rooms’, illustrations that were produced for the book through the years, and a stained-glass window dedicated to Lewis Carroll.

Moscow was one of the cities Lewis Carroll visited during his only trip abroad. He went to the library in the mansion Chertkov on Myasnitskaya Street. Now, an exhibition dedicated to his book is opened at this museum.

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