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Exhibition: “Inspired by Alice”

The Atkinson (UK) will soon open an exhibition dedicated to illustrations for the Alice in Wonderland story. The exhibition features amongst others Dodgson’s own illustrations and illustrations from his contemporaries. It examines how artists and craftspeople were inspired by the story across generations.

Items on display include: 

  • Original sketches by Lewis Carroll, which he drew for “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”;
  • Original wood blocks used for the prints in the book;
  • Salvador Dalí’s rarely seen ‘Alice in Wonderland’ illustrations;
  • Collections of Alice material from the British Library and Macmillan Publishers;
  • Illustrations from contemporary local artists.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 25 May 2019 until Saturday 7 September 2019 at The Atkinson, Southport (UK). For more information, go to https://www.theatkinson.co.uk/events/inspired-by-alice/.

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!

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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.”