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The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition by [Lewis Carroll, John Tenniel, Martin Gardner]

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Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym of the Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who was born on January 27, 1832, and died on January 14, 1898. His most famous works are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There; and The Hunting of the Snark.

Martin Gardner (1914-2010) is regarded as one of the world's leading experts on Lewis Carroll and his work. The author of more than a hundred books, he wrote the "Mathematical Games" column for Scientific American for twenty-five years and has been hailed by Douglas Hofstadter as "one of the great intellects produced in this country in this century."

The many works of Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) include many humorous and political cartoons for Punch and other periodicals of the time, but he is best known for his illustrations of the original editions of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Class.
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"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations!"

Readers who share Alice's taste in books will be more than satisfied with The Annotated Alice, a volume that includes not only pictures and conversations, but a thorough gloss on the text as well. There may be some, like G.K. Chesterton, who abhor the notion of putting Lewis Carroll's masterpiece under a microscope and analyzing it within an inch of its whimsical life. But as Martin Gardner points out in his introduction, so much of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is composed of private jokes and details of Victorian manners and mores that modern audiences are not likely to catch. Yes, Alice can be enjoyed on its own merits, but The Annotated Alice appeals to the nosy parker in all of us. Thus we learn, for example, that the source of the mouse's tale may have been Alfred Lord Tennyson who "once told Carroll that he had dreamed a lengthy poem about fairies, which began with very long lines, then the lines got shorter and shorter until the poem ended with fifty or sixty lines of two syllables each." And that, contrary to popular belief, the Mad Hatter character was not a parody of then Prime Minister Gladstone, but rather was based on an Oxford furniture dealer named Theophilus Carter.

Gardner's annotations run the gamut from the factual and historical to the speculative and are, in their own way, quite as fascinating as the text they refer to. Occasionally, he even comments on himself, as when he quotes a fellow annotator of Alice, James Kincaid: "The historical context does not call for a gloss but the passage provides an opportunity to point out the ambivalence that may attend the central figure and her desire to grow up." And then follows with a charming riposte: "I thank Mr. Kincaid for supporting my own rambling." There's a lot of information in the margins (indeed, the page is pretty evenly divided between Carroll's text and Gardner's), but the ramblings turn out to be well worth the time. So hand over your old copy of Lewis Carroll's classic to the kids--this Alice in Wonderland is intended entirely for adults. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00FFUSCVO
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W. W. Norton & Company; Updated, Subsequent edition (November 17, 1999)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 17, 1999
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 24409 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 433 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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This is really nice. Perfect for what I was looking for. It‘s beautiful, without the cover as you can see in the picture I’m sharing.
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Barry Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful brand new edition
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2015
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully detailed annotation, but poor art reproduction
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully detailed annotation, but poor art reproduction
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2020
The annotated detail allows the reader to greatly deepen their understanding of these 'wonderful' books. However, for me, Norton the publishers, have wasted an opportunity to create the definitive Alice volume, by economising in the printing. I know there can be a certain charm in non-glossy artwork (especially for pulp comics), but I am disappointed with the dull quality of the printing of these (albeit comprehensive) fabulous illustrations for this book. I provide two photographs from this annotated book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's NOT ANNOTATED
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a lovely edition, my whole family is ...
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