The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits

The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits

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By (author) Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Henry Holiday, Introduction by Martin Gardner

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 197mm x 9mm | 109g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140434917
  • ISBN 13: 9780140434910
  • Illustrations note: illustrations, bibliography
  • Sales rank: 352,634

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'They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway share; They charmed it with smiles and soap'. Ever since Lewis Carroll's nonsense epic appeared in 1876, readers have joined his ten-man Snark-hunting crew and pursued the search with great enthusiasm. What are they hunting for? What is the Snark? Numerous theories have been proposed. Carroll himself provides a helpful preface to the poem and is recorded as having explained to one reader: 'In answer to your question, 'What did you mean the Snark was?' will you tell your friend that I meant that the Snark was a Boojum. I trust that she and you will now feel quite satisfied and happy'.This edition, previously published as "The Annotated Snark", reproduces the original illustrations by Henry Holiday, including the 'supressed' Boojum drawing. Martin Gardner provides an introduction, notes and bibliography, and an Appendix contains F. C. S. Schiller's "Commentary on the Snark" and J. A. Lyndon's "Fit the Seven-and-a-Halfth".

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Author information

Lewis Carroll was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Born in 1832, he was educated at Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was appointed lecturer in mathematics in 1855, and where he spent the rest of his life. In 1861 he took deacon's orders, but shyness and a constitutional stammer prevented him from seeking the priesthood. He never married, but was very fond of children and spent much time with them. His most famous works, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1872), were originally written for Alice Liddell, the daughter of the dean of his college. Charles Dodgson died of bronchitis in 1898.

Editorial reviews

Although this permanent favorite is in innumerable anthologies, this is the only separate edition prepared especially for a juvenile audience. Mr. Oechsli knows exactly how to draw an uffish expression and catches the demented determination of the hunters in full galumph. It's the best sort of cartooning, with the same care for detail and color that you can find in Bill Peet's books. "...the Snark is at hand...'Tis your glorious duty to seek it." (Kirkus Reviews)