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Book presentation: “Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ and Cognitive Narratology”

On June 28, Francesca Arnavas will present her new book, “Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ and Cognitive Narratology: Author, Reader and Characters”.

Lewis Carroll's ""Alice"" and Cognitive Narratology: Author, Reader and CharactersHer book proposes a dialogue between the ‘Alice’ books, and a cognitive narratological approach to literary texts. Both ‘Alice’ books are analysed through new theoretical lenses, using concepts taken from the cognitive sciences to explore the minds of the author, the readers and the characters.

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Auction: 3 presentation copies of Carroll’s books

On 24 June, three presentation copies of Carroll’s books will be auctioned at Bonham’s.

The first presentation copy is the book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, second edition, 1866 [1865] (which means the first edition that was not recalled). It is inscribed by Carroll to Margaret Evelyn Hardy.
Estimated price: £ 20,000 – 30,000 / € 23,000 – 35,000
More info: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26773/lot/176/?category=list

The second presentation copy is a first German edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, translated by Antonie Zimmermann, 1869. It is also inscribed by Carroll to Margaret Evelyn Hardy.
Estimated price: £ 3,000 – 4,000 / € 3,500 – 4,600
More info: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26773/lot/177/?category=list

The third presentation copy is Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there, first edition, 1872 [1871]. Again, inscribed by Carroll to Margaret Evelyn Hardy.
Estimated price: £ 3,000 – 4,000 / € 3,500 – 4,600
More info: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26773/lot/178/?category=list

Cover and title page of presentation copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, first edition 1866

New book: Alice’s Adventures under Water!

May I proudly present to you: my very own book, “Alice’s Adventures under Water”! It’s a sequel to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there”, in which I’ve tried to mimic Carroll’s style as best as possible.

Front cover of Alice's Adventures under Water

I have been considering writing my own version for years and I finally felt it was time to give it a try.

Sequels to the ‘Alice’ books have been published before, but I must admit that I was often a bit disappointed in them, as I always felt something was missing. Either the writing style did not feel very Carrollian, or the story contained little to no poetry, or the puns and jokes were not up to standard, or there were no hidden references, or other characteristic Carrollian elements were missing. It may be arrogant, but I thought that, even though English is not my native language, with all my background knowledge I surely could do better?

So here it is: another ‘Alice’ story in which she encounters silly characters in silly situations, this time in and under-water world. I’ve put in jokes, puns, and poetry, as well as more or less obscure references to well known people, politics, poems and songs, and mathematics. I also tried to incorporate into my story other specific elements that one can find in Carroll’s ‘Alice’ stories, like his particular use of punctuation, exactly 12 chapters, the covert return of the Hatter and the March Hare, and more. And as all good books must have pictures, it contains exactly 42 illustrations in the style of John Tenniel, skilfully drawn by the talented Robert Louis Black!

The book is now available for purchase. You can order it directly from me through this website, but you can also find it at Amazon and other online bookstores, or order a copy from your local bookseller.

Book: The Chess Player’s Alice

Do you want to know more about the chess game that forms the framework of “Through the Looking Glass and what Alice found there”? Then get this booklet, written by Rev. Ivor Davies, who had an interest in both chess and Lewis Carroll.

Reverend Davies’ interest in Lewis Carroll led him to write several articles about the chess game in ‘Through the Looking Glass’. These articles have now been bundled and republished by the Clergy Correspondence Chess Club, which Davies founded, in a book called “The Chess Player’s Alice”.

The Chess Player's Alice cover

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Book review: “The making of Lewis Carroll’s Alice – and the Invention of Wonderland”

This month a new book about the origins of the ‘Alice’ books was published: “The making of Lewis Carroll’s Alice – and the Invention of Wonderland”, written by Peter Hunt.

In the book, Hunt mainly discusses the three ‘layers’ that can be found in the Alice in Wonderland books (including Alice’s Adventures Under Ground):

  1. Private jokes that only Alice and her sisters would understand (mainly in “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”);
  2. References to things in their society;
  3. Dodgson’s private thoughts and feelings (mainly in “Through the Looking Glass”).

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Limited Edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, signed by Alice, for sale

A limited edition copy of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is for sale on eBay. It is special, because it was signed by the real Alice.

In 1932 there was a celebration of the centenary of Lewis Carroll’s birth. Alice Liddell (by then married and named Alice Hargreaves) received an honorary degree from Columbia University, for which she traveled to New York. For this centenary, a limited edition of 1500 hardcover books was published, which were all signed by Alice (and also by the typographer and binder, Frederic Ward).

Cover and slipcase of the 1932 signed edition

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