- Publisher: Vintage Classics
- Format: Paperback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 22mm | 259g
- Publication date: 28 May 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099512076
- ISBN 13: 9780099512073
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
- Sales rank: 16,648
Celebrate 150 Years of Alice. Alice is one of the most beloved characters of English writing. A bright and inquisitive child, one boring summer afternoon she follows a white rabbit down a rabbit-hole. At the bottom she finds herself in a bizarre world full of strange creatures, and attends a very strange tea party and croquet match. This immensely witty and unique story mixes satire and puzzles, comedy and anxiety, to provide an astute depiction of the experience of childhood.
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Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He was born on 27th January 1832 at Daresbury in Cheshire. He studied at Christ Church, Oxford University and later became a mathematics lecturer there. He wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1872) for the daughters of the Dean of Christ Church. He was very fond of puzzles and some readers have found mathematical jokes and codes hidden in his Alice books. His other works include Phantasmagoria and Other Poems (1869), The Hunting of the Snark (1876), Rhyme? And Reason? (1882), The Game of Logic (1887) and Sylvie and Bruno (1889, 1893). Dodgson was also an influential photographer. He died on 14th January 1898.
By Lyndel Hadley 28 Sep 2010
When I bought this, I literally felt like I was stealing! It was so cheap, but the edition is gorgeous. The classic Vintage, matt cover and red spine gives this book a beautiful, expensive, collector's item appearance. Not to mention it contains both of the Alice stories. As a gift, I could reccommend nothing more fitting, for both the young and the old. It contains all of the original illustrations and is unabridged, (very much a bonus to serious book-collectors or enthusiastics like myself). The stories are wonderful, intelligently fashioned and inspiring. A very, very wise choice.
"A book of wonder and nonsense laced with lethal wit" Guardian "Without these two books in my childhood I doubt whether my imagination would have developed at all" -- Kate Atkinson "A marvellous confidence in the primacy of the imagination" -- Will Self "Two nightmare destinations. Wonderland and Looking Glass. The more I read these books, the darker they shine. Carroll operates on language like a cruel, crazy surgeon" -- Jeff Noon "Precise, dream-like, subversive" -- Quentin Blake Independent on Sunday