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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded: The Full Text of Lewis Carroll's Novel with its Many Hidden Meanings Revealed by [David Day]

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DAVID DAY has published 40 books of poetry, ecology, history, fantasy, mythology and fiction. He has been published in magazines and newspapers worldwide. He has also been a magazine editor, a columnist for the Daily Mail and Punch, a scriptwriter for television, a playwright for theatre, and a dramaturge for the Royal Birmingham Ballet. His books have won numerous literary awards and been selected as "Books of the Year" by Time magazine, New Scientist, Parents magazine and The Observer. David Day's books--for both adults and children--have sold over 4 million copies and have been translated into twenty languages.

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"This is the kind of book that could keep list-makers for an alternate-universe Buzzfeed site busy forever. . . . Day's book proves . . . that Carroll's work, and its indefatigable young protagonist, is itself a rabbit hole of mystery waiting to be discovered." —Quill & Quire

"For an exhaustive and entertaining account of how Lewis Carroll amused contemporaries in his favourite children's story, it may be impossible to top David Day's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded." —The Vancouver Sun

"It's no surprise to Lewis Carroll fans and scholars that Wonderland is a rich, multi-layered text. But Day's work engages and enlightens the casual reader in a way few scholarly works can, and the beautiful book makes for an essential keepsake for any Alice lover." —New York Daily News

"The book has never been out of print and each year brings new editions of—and books about—Alice in Wonderland. . . . Standouts this year include the beautifully illustrated and organized Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded." —Chicago Tribune

"We all think we know Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but David Day's seductively scholarly new look at the background to the tale reveals the rich and labyrinthine workings of its creator and the Victorian mindset that inspired it. His lively, thoroughly researched investigations expand and enlarge all our ideas about the Alice story, and give a whole new life to a much-loved classic." —Michael Palin

"I've been reading the Alice adventures since my childhood, and David Day's book is the one I would have wanted to write, had I his talent, wit and wisdom. Decoded is the perfect vade mecum for all travellers, new and seasoned, who venture into Alice's realms. In the words of the poet, 'O frabjous Day!'" —Alberto Manguel, author of A History of Reading

"David Day combines the expertise of an academic with the fervor of a true Alice enthusiast. . . . In a remarkable act of literary excavation, Day exposes the historical references, classical allusions and subtly disguised symbols that he thinks Carroll embedded in the tale of Wonderland as lessons for his protégé, Alice Liddell. The volume includes Carroll's novel in full, supplemented by Day's observations as he painstakingly traces the various themes—music and philosophy, mathematics and poetry—that run through Carroll's narrative, proving along the way that Alice, even as it celebrates the absurd, exhibits airtight logic. Richly illustrated, this is a book Alice addicts will find irresistible." —BookPage

"David Day is the first author to demonstrate a complete understanding of the many mathematical ideas that lie below the surface in Lewis Carroll's classic fairy tale. No other author, including Martin Gardner and the editors of the many editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland that have appeared in the past have undertaken this very important task. Day's interpretations are creative in both the literary and mathematical sense, and most importantly, are valid." —Francine Abeles, Professor Emerita, Department of Mathematics, Kean University, and editor of The Mathematical Pamphlets of Charles Dodgson 

"Day has succeeded in making his thoroughly researched and persuasively argued book appealing also for lovers of Alice as well as for general readers interested in Victorian literature and society." —Library Journal

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00NDTS5VQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Doubleday Canada (September 29, 2015)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 29, 2015
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 40159 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 597 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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David Day was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. He is a poet and author who has published over 50 books of poetry, ecology, history, fantasy, mythology and fiction. David Day's books - for both adults and children - have sold over 3 million copies worldwide and were translated into twenty languages.

​After high school, Day divided the next decade between work in logging camps and study at universities. His first book of poems, The Cowichan (based on his timber camp journals) was published in 1975, and he graduated from the Department of Creative Writing at the University of Victoria the following year.

He was writer in residence at the Aegean School of Fine Arts in Paros, Greece, and worked for the Canadian Publishers McClelland Stewart in Toronto. He has subsequently travelled extensively, and lived in England, Greece, Spain and his native Canada. He currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

In 1978, he published A Tolkien Bestiary, the first of his dozen best selling books on the works of J R R Tolkien. In 1981, his Doomsday Book of Animals - with a forward by HRH the Duke of Edinburgh - was a 'Book of the Year' selection for Time Magazine, New Scientist, Los Angeles Times and The Observer. And in 1984, Day wrote Castles, the first of five books in collaboration with the Academy Award winning artist, Alan Lee.

In 1986, his children's novel, The Emperor's Panda was nominated for the Governor General's Award and the National Library Award, and was adapted for stage by the Toronto Young People's Theatre. He has subsequently published six illustrated books of children's stories and three illustrated books of children's poems. He has published a further six books of poetry that have been prizewinners in CBC and National Magazine Awards and have been praised by Canadian poets Al Purdy, Earle Birney, Margaret Atwood and the British poet laureate, Ted Hughes.

Through the 1980's and 1990's, Day published The Eco-Wars and The Whale Wars along with three other books on environmental activism. He was also an environmental columnist for Britain's Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Guardian, Sunday Times and Punch magazine. And after the 1996 publication of his Quest For King Arthur, Day was commissioned by the Birmingham Royal Ballet as dramaturge for the epic two-part ballet, Arthur I and Arthur II (2000).

David Day has also written for theatre and television. He scripted the 100-part Lost Animals of the Twentieth Century TV series (narrated by Greta Scacchi). The series was commissioned by the Discovery Channel in US, Channel 4 in UK and NHK in Japan, and later translated into 18 languages. His book The Whale Wars was the basis of the ITV documentary of the same name.He has also worked as creative adviser for Toronto's Hall Train Studios' multi-media museum exhibitions. And in 2014, he accompanies the artist John Howe in the French-German ARTE TV network documentary 'Looking For the Hobbit: Part 5. Lost Gold of the Rhine'.

​In 2015, Day published a major study of Lewis Carroll, entitled 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Decoded'. That same year saw the publication of A Dictionary of Tolkien and An Atlas of Tolkien, the first two of a set of six books in his Tolkien Reference Library over the following four years.

In 2019, the leather-bound An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: the History and Mythology that Inspired Tolkien's World (UK title: A Dictionary of Sources of Tolkien) and the large format The Illustrated World of Tolkien were published. While the year 2020, saw the publication of a special edition of his Tolkien Illustrated Guides Boxed Set (of 6) in the Word Cloud Classics series.

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Ten short documentaries from the Discovery Channel TV series 'Lost Animals of the Twentieth Century' may be viewed on

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