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1. In Memoriam, Charles Lutwidge
$9.95
2. Biography - Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge
 
3. Catalogue of an Exhibition at
 
4. LEWIS CARROLL.
 
5. Three sunsets and other poems
 
6. Catalogue of an Exhibition to
 
7. In Memoriam, Charles Lutwidge
 
8. ALICE'S ADVENTURES In WONDERLAND.
 
9. Alice in Wonderland.
 
$60.18
10. The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll:
$75.00
11. The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll:
 
12. Lewis Carroll Handbook
$10.65
13. The hunting of the snark, an agony,
 
14. Songs from Alice
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15. Alice I Have Been: A Novel
$109.20
16. A Mathematical Approach to Proportional
17. Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy:

1. In Memoriam, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832-1898 Obituaries of Lewis Carroll and Related Pieces
by Charles C.; Imholtz, August A. Lovett
 Paperback: Pages (1998)

Asin: B003ZQSYJU
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2. Biography - Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge (1832-1898): An article from: Contemporary Authors
by Gale Reference Team
Digital: 11 Pages (2004-01-01)
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This digital document, covering the life and work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is an entry from Contemporary Authors, a reference volume published by Thompson Gale. The length of the entry is 3279 words. The page length listed above is based on a typical 300-word page. Although the exact content of each entry from this volume can vary, typical entries include the following information:

  • Place and date of birth and death (if deceased)
  • Family members
  • Education
  • Professional associations and honors
  • Employment
  • Writings, including books and periodicals
  • A description of the author's work
  • References to further readings about the author
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3. Catalogue of an Exhibition at Columbia University To Commemorate the One Hundredth Anniversary 0f The Birth Of Lewis Carroll(Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) 1832-1898
by Lewis)(Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (Carroll
 Hardcover: Pages (1932-01-01)

Asin: B001TJ77IO
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4. LEWIS CARROLL.
by Lewis aka Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge. 1832 - 1898]. De La Mare, Walter 1873 - 1956]. [Carroll
 Hardcover: Pages (1932)

Asin: B000O8LMU0
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5. Three sunsets and other poems
by Charles Lutwidge, 1832-1898 Dodgson
 Paperback: Pages (2009-10-26)

Asin: B003O6GGP0
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6. Catalogue of an Exhibition to Commemorate the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Birth of Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), 1832-1898.
by Carroll] Avery Library.
 Paperback: Pages (1932)

Asin: B000WW8NVY
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7. In Memoriam, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832-1898 Obituaries of Lewis Carroll and Related Pieces
by Charles C.; Imholtz, August A. Lovett
 Hardcover: Pages (1998)

Asin: B002O96GOE
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8. ALICE'S ADVENTURES In WONDERLAND.
by Lewis [pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.1832 - 1898]. Carroll
 Hardcover: Pages (1867)

Asin: B001272J7C
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9. Alice in Wonderland.
by Salvador (1904-1989) (Illus.)] CARROLL, Lewis (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832-1898). [DALI
 Hardcover: Pages (1969)

Asin: B0010TKHO4
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10. The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll: The Political Pamphlets and Letters of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Related Pieces: A Mathema (v. 3)
 Hardcover: 260 Pages (2001-11-01)
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Asin: 0930326148
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Charles L. Dodgson’s publications on political subjects offer a very different view of Lewis Carroll, the man made famous by his “Alice” books. Better known for whimsical and nonsense writings, Dodgson wrote on the entire spectrum of voting theory, applying it to issues of local governance at Christ Church College in the University of Oxford, where he was employed all of his professional life—mainly as Mathematical Lecturer—and to issues of national politics. Yet this work remained largely unknown at his death.

This third volume of a planned series of six is a comprehensive account of Dodgson’s publications on voting theory. Francine F. Abeles offers a fresh perspective on his contributions to what was then an embryonic school of politics. Drawing together all of Dodgson’s pamphlets, letters, diary entries, and other pieces on this subject, Abeles traces the development of Dodgson’s theory of voting from its beginnings in his participation in the academic affairs of the University of Oxford to his attempts to influence the outcome of bills before the British Parliament affecting the extension of the voting franchise and the redistribution of seats in the House of Commons.

Collected together for the first time, these writings deal with such topics as ranking methods, voting anomalies, sophisticated voting, proportional representation, apportionment, and applications of game theory to voting strategies. Dodgson’s commitment to objectivity and fairness also led him to employ his methods in such sports applications as horse racing wagers and tennis tournament schedules.

Each chapter of this book is preceded by an introductory essay providing background information and analyses to assist both the general reader and the specialist. The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll will be of interest to students and scholars of Carroll’s work, to political scientists, historians, and mathematicians, and to readers concerned with Victorian studies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For the REALLY obsessive fan
You have to be VERY deeply into Lewis Carroll to even consider this book. It has NOTHING whatsoever to do with Alice or any of the other classic characters.

What we do have is a very well collected, orderly, nicely edited and annotated collection of Carroll's political pamphlets, items which are otherwise almost impossible to read otherwise. But you really have to be interested in this stuff to appreciate it, otherwise why bother at all?

One thing I do really appreciate, and this probably accounts for the price, is the quality of the imprint. The print quality is very clear and easy on the eyes, something that is becoming a lost art. ... Read more


11. The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll: The Mathematical Pamphlets of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and Related Pieces, Francine Abeles, co
by Lewis Carroll
Hardcover: 382 Pages (1994-11-01)
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The second volume in a series collecting the pamphlets of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) together. This set is devoted to the work associated with Dodgson's career as a mathematical lecturer of Christ Church, Oxford. Much of the material is referenced here for the first time. ... Read more


12. Lewis Carroll Handbook
 Hardcover: Pages (1980-01)

Isbn: 020801781X
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13. The hunting of the snark, an agony, in eight fits
by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 1832-1898. from old catalog Holiday Henry 1839-1927 illus
Paperback: 118 Pages (1902-12-31)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This reproduction was printed from a digital file created at the Library of Congress as part of an extensive scanning effort started with a generous donation from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.The Library is pleased to offer much of its public domain holdings free of charge online and at a modest price in this printed format.Seeing these older volumes from our collections rediscovered by new generations of readers renews our own passion for books and scholarship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars "I said it in Hebrew - I said it in Dutch - I said it in German and Greek:"
This is a great nonsensical tale that probably will need an annotated version to make sense.Not of the purpose as that is in the title. But of the few words that are real but archaic. In any sense this is a fun read. I want to believe it holds some profound secret other than just a play on words.

"They sought it with Thimbles, they sot it with care;

They threatened its life with forks and hope;

They threatened its life with a railway-share;

They charmed it with smiles and soap."

You will want to re-read "The Hunting of the Snark an Agony, in Eight Fits" (1876) and see with other allegorical nonsense you missed.

The Annotated Hunting of the Snark (The Annotated Books)

4-0 out of 5 stars It is possible that the author was laying a trap
The poem is Lewis Carroll's and Henry Holiday's (and Joseph Swain's) masterpiece (5 stars). In the 2010 Evertype edition I miss the "Easter Greeting" (minus one star; the publisher chose to publish it in his edition of Alice's Adventures under Ground), which Carroll inserted into the already printed book perhaps in order to defuse that explosive ballad a bit. Hint: Compare Holiday's "Billiard marker" with Henry George Liddell, Carroll's boss at Christ Church College. There are many more conundrums in the poem and in the illustrations.

Three quotes, which are related to this book:

(1) "Are these strange words from a writer of such tales as 'Alice'? And is this a strange letter to find in a book of nonsense? It may be so. Some perhaps may blame me for thus mixing together things grave and gay; others may smile and think it odd that any one should speak of solemn things at all ... And if I have written anything to add to those stores of innocent and healthy amusement that are laid up in books for the children I love so well, it is surely something I may hope to look back upon without shame and sorrow (as how much of life must then be recalled!) when my turn comes to walk through the valley of shadows." (Lewis Carroll, 1876)

This is from the "Easter Greeting".

(2) "Perhaps I may venture, for a moment, to use a more serious tone, and to point out that there are mental troubles, much worse than mere worry, for which an absorbing subject of thought may serve as a remedy. There are skeptical thoughts, which seem for the moment to uproot the firmest faith; there are blasphemous thoughts, which dart unbidden into the most reverent souls; there are unholy thoughts, which torture, with their hateful presence, the fancy that would fain be pure. Against all these some real mental work is a most helpful ally." (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson: Pillow Problems and a Tangled Tale, 1885, p. XV)

Sometimes I have the feeling, that friends of "The Hunting of the Snark" are afraid of "overanalysis". Some even may fear, that the Snark may have to leave the public library. But even if one day we would speak openly about all its textual and graphical elements, the book still will be one of the greatest children books in the library. This is, because Carroll and Holiday did not place these elements into the Snark for their personal satisfaction. Henry Holiday gave us a hint:

(3) "It is possible that the author was half-consciously laying a trap, so readily did he take to the inventing of puzzles and things enigmatic; but to those who knew the man, or who have devined him correctly through his writings, the explanation is fairly simple." (Henry Holiday on Lewis Carroll's "The Hunting of the Snark", January 29th, 1898)

In the preface to the Snark, Carroll points to his intentions by pretending, that he would not point to them: "I will not (as I might) point to the strong moral purpose of this poem itself, to the arithmetical principles so cautiously inculcated in it, or to its noble teachings in Natural History." (As a logician, Carroll of course knows, how such a sentence works.) I think that Carroll was very serious about this statement. It is not ironical. The book holds the readers and the beholders of the Snark ballad responsible for the meanig which THEY give to the poem and to the illustrations. That is how Carroll's and Holiday's "nonsense" works. Keep this in mind and do not underestimate the Snark or assume any inproper intentions on the side of the authors. The book just tells the readers (and they beholders of the illustrations), what they have in their mind. Take Holiday's warning about Carroll's traps serious, then you can enjoy the book without getting caught by the Boojum.

In the Snark edition published by Evertype you won't find serious analysis. That is fine, the book has been published to offer plain Snark to the whole family. (That is why I miss the Easter Greeting.) Those who want to dig deeper should turn to Martin Gardener's "Annotaded Snark" (1981): Charles Mitchell's "The Designs for the Snark" in the 1981 Kaufmann edition of the Annotaded Snark still is a great collection of information on the Snark poem and its illustrations.

Links: Victorian Approaches to Religion As Reflected in the Art of the Pre-Raphaelites (Philosphiae Doctores)|Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye, The New Version, Second edition, Revised and Enlarged|Lewis Carroll & his Illustrators: Collaborations & Correspondence 1865-1898.|The Pre-Raphaelite Illustrators: The Published Graphic Art of the English Pre-Raphaelites and Their Associates With Critical Biographical Essays and Illustrated Catalogues of the|Arne Nordheim: Hunting Of The Snark (Music Sales America)|Arne Nordheim: The Return Of The Snark (contemporary composition for trombone and tape recorder)|Nyndk: The Hunting of the Snark (Jazz, B002S395C6)

1-0 out of 5 stars Great poem, poor presentation
The one-star rating is only for the appearance of this edition on the Kindle 2.It is the one available for free from amazon.com.The text is riddled with extraneous characters.None of the delightful drawings are included.One does get what one pays for.

3-0 out of 5 stars Other Books
The Hunting of the Snark is a whacky piece of poetical silliness by Lewis Caroll.Complete nonsense, no-one knows what a Snark is, or why Snark hunters hunt it, or why anyone would want to become a Snark hunter to start with.Anyway, the poem is definitely amusing at times with some of the humour he slips in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Carroll's Short and Sweet Chaucer Imitation
The Hunting of the Snark seems to be a very, very short imitation of The Canterbury Tales.The first chapter (titled a fit) introduces all of the occupations of all the different people going on a journey.However, instead of going on a general pilgrimage and telling tales along the way, their trip is very specific to hunting.

The Baker actually attempts to tell a story, but the Bellman (who leads the group) says there's no time for storytelling.They have to catch the Snark before nightfall.

Along with the Bellman and Baker, a Banker, a Bonnet-maker, a Butcher, a Boots, a Billiard-maker, a Barrister, a Broker, and a Beaver tag along to hunt for the Snark.The Beaver is afraid of getting cut by the Butcher, so he puts on a dagger-proof coat and talks to the Banker about buying an insurance policy.

The Beaver is involved in a hilarious scene with the Butcher later, when the two attempt to compute sums.But perhaps the funniest scene of the entire book is in the Barrister's dream when the Snark declares sentence on a pig, only to find out the pig has been dead long before the trial even began.

I'd highly recommend this short poem for Carroll fans, even though it's not big enough to contain but a small portion of what's to be found in the Alice books. ... Read more


14. Songs from Alice
by Lewis Carroll, Don Harper
 Library Binding: Pages (1979-11)
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15. Alice I Have Been: A Novel
by Melanie Benjamin
Hardcover: 368 Pages (2010-01-12)
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Asin: 0385344139
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.


But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. 

For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

A love story and a literary mystery, Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.Amazon.com Review
Melanie Benjamin on Alice I Have Been

For an author--at least, for an author like me--the single most important factor when writing a book is the protagonist’s voice. Who is she, what does she sound like, is she strong or weak? Headstrong or passive? If an author doesn’t have a clear vision in her head, writing a novel centering around this person is going to be very, very difficult.

Fortunately for me, I had a clear vision; so clear I could actually see it and read it myself. I was inspired to write Alice I Have Been after unexpectedly viewing a photographic exhibit called "Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll." Among the many photographs there, all taken by the man who wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, one stood out to me. It was of a young girl clad only in rags, but with an expression on her face that stopped me in my tracks. She was so adult, so frank, so worldly, as she gazed at the man behind the camera.

She was 7-year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of Dean Henry Liddell of Christ Church, Oxford. It was to her that Lewis Carroll--or Charles Dodgson, as she knew him--told the story of a little girl who tumbled down a rabbit hole. She was the one who begged him to write it down.

I wondered what happened to her after she grew up; I wondered what happened between the two of them to result in such a startling photograph.

I wondered so much that I decided to write about it, write her story in her own "words"--although of course, with historical fiction, I got to make those words up. But she was my protagonist, and immediately the most important factor in writing this novel was known to me. For the girl in the photograph, and the girl in the classic books, were one and the same; they were my Alice, and I knew her voice, I knew who she was because of them. The wise yet wary face in the photograph, the unflappable voice of the girl in the books--all I had to do was capture it on the page.

My task, then, was to show that voice, that personality, maturing naturally through the years as she continued to try to leave Wonderland behind. But the difficult work was done for me, I truly believe, all because of the collaboration between two remarkable people--Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll. What happened between the two of them 150 years ago continues to fascinate and inspire. It gave the world Wonderland, after all--

And it gave me my heroine. Sometimes all you have to do is open your eyes and look around you for inspiration; look at a photograph, read a book. I’m so very glad that I did.--Melanie Benjamin


Alice Liddell Through the Years

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"Alice as a Beggar Girl.""Alice Liddell, as a Young Woman""Alice Pleasance Liddell Hargreaves, 1932."

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2-0 out of 5 stars Too much creative license taken.
Interesting concept but I think the author takes too many liberties and did not do enough research.Also inconsistent with her interpretation of Victorian times.I am very disappointed in this novel.Great concept- and I realize this is a work of fiction but it was very disappointing.It is historical fiction but not historically or culturally accurate and I am not just talking about the relationship between Dodgson and Alice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting but sad
Very interesting about Alice Liddell's childhood with Mr Dodgson(Lewis Carroll) but also very unfortunate when it comes to her future relationship with him, her future heartbreak a Prince, etc.I would say the most interesting parts are of her early childhood/early adulthood.Afterwards...it gets very melancholy and tragic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh Boy, Oh Boy - A Terrific Read, Meet The Real Alice in Wonderland
So, a book about the REAL Alice in Wonderland! I din't even know there was a real Alice in Wonderland.Melanie Benjamin "had me at hello," so to speak.When I read that the author of "Alice in Wonderland," Lewis Carroll, had a penchant for taking somewhat salacious pictures of young girls, including, our young Alice, I was hooked on the story, if not a bit creeped out.

Somehow the author manages to write a book (considered historical fiction, yet by the author's admission as close as she could get to the truth as revealed by her research) that describes the events of Alice's life as well as her relationship with Carroll leaving it up to the reader to decide whats what.Very clever.Very entertaining.
I loved the writing, the story, and the author's ability to leave the question wide open - Was the guy a perv or not?Also, the coming of age story of Alice and the effect her relationship with Carroll may have had on the other relationships in her life is quite thought-provoking.Is Alice able to make peace with her past seems to be the operative question.You'll have to read Alice I Have Been to find out the answer.

5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful finish after a slow mid-section
This refers to the audio version.

Her interest captured by a photograph of young Alice Liddell, the 'real' Alice that Lewis Carroll (aka Charles Dodgson) based his Wonderland books on, dressed as a beggar girl and really looking nothing like the blonde and immaculate Alice who tumbled down a rabbit hole, the author sets out to make up a story about what Alice Liddell's life has been like.

An 80-year-old Alice looks back and tells of her childhood growing up in Oxford where her father was Dean of Christ Church College, and she and her sisters were brought up in the strict Victorian fashion of the day. It tells how Dodgson told the story of Alice verbally to the Liddell girls, and how she begged him to write it down, and of the impact it had on her life. She bounces around in time from her 80-year-old self, to a giddy young woman in love, to an older married woman watching her sons go off to war, and back time and again to the young Alice, in awe of and often at odds with the rest of the world.

I listened eagerly to the first parts of the book, but found that it did bog down somewhat in the middle and had to take a break from it. Samantha Eggar narrates and does a truly wonderful job of capturing the perfect Victorian tone for Alice's narration and does an excellent job with the other voices as well. I'm glad I did go back to listening as the last few discs once again picked up the pace and finished off a truly wonderful story. Highly recommend this, especially if you are a fan of Lewis Carroll's works.

3-0 out of 5 stars Fans of Alice will enjoy
It wasn't until I allowed my husband to read The Annotated Alice:Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass that he became aware of just how strange the author of one of the greatest tales of fantasy really was. By today's standards Dodgson would perhaps been considered a pedophile, the changing and evolving moires of society being what they are. Benjamin's book is a bit kinder to Wonderland's creator, casting the early years at Oxford in a golden glow - much as life is seen through the eyes of a child. Alice's description of life during that time - especially the roles and expected behaviors of woman and children - is startling and not all at the same time. A fictionalized biopic, this book teases you with the woman who was/is/and will be Alice. ... Read more


16. A Mathematical Approach to Proportional Representation Duncan Black on Lewis Carroll
by Duncan Black, Iain McLean, Alistair McMillan, Burt Monroe
Hardcover: 240 Pages (1996-01-31)
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`This is a book about a well-known writer, Lewis Carroll,and about a little-known subject, the theory of voting' (fromthe Editors' Introduction). This book has been edited from the manuscripts of the late Scottisheconomist Duncan Black. Shortly after the publication of The Theoryof Committees and Elections Black started to collect materialfor papers and a book on Lewis Carroll's theory of proportionalrepresentation. Black's chapter plans made it clear that the book wasto be in three parts, written by himself, followed by a reprint ofCarroll's Principles of Parliamentary Representation and itsmain sources. Part I is biographical, introducing Lewis Carroll andgiving relevant details of his life. Part II is Black's alreadypublished work on Lewis Carroll. Part III comprises the more detailedarguments about Carroll's reasoning, and Part IV contains reprints ofrare original material on proportional representation by Carroll,James Garth Marshall, and Walter Baily. Taken together, the editorshave provided a complete reference source for the theory of voting andproportionalrepresentation. ... Read more


17. Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy: Curiouser and Curiouser
by William Irwin, Richard Brian Davis
Kindle Edition: 240 Pages (2009-12-21)
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The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland

Alice?s Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and remembers forwards? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence? This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books, and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever lived?Aristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and Nietzsche?Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores life?s ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.

  • Looks at compelling issues such as perception and reality as well as how logic fares in a world of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage
  • Offers new insights into favorite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, including the Mad Hatter and his tea party, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat

Accessible and entertaining, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will enrich your experience of Alice's timeless adventures with new meaning and fun. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Alice In Wonderland and Philosophy
Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy is a book comprised of short essays by various authors. Each essay contains how Alice in Wonderland relates to philosophy in some way. The authors of the essays are all in the academic field and the essays read as such. The book was something I would not normally read for pleasure. In just taking an English Lit Criticism class, it reminded me of the selections I had to read for class. This is a great book for those doing academic research in the fields of English and/or Philosophy but I don't think that the average reader will find this as their typical read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Twas brillig, as I dreamt that they had done a better job on this book...
John V. Karavitis I enjoy reading books from this series.You get re-exposed to a large number of different philosophers and philosophical topics, and the fact that the essays are tied to a pop culture TV series or movie makes the reading that much more enjoyable.I knew about Alice In Wonderland (who hasn't heard of it), and was looking forward to reading this book.All in all it's a decent entry in the series, but a number of the essays were weak, in fact, a couple of them were downright silly/incomprehensible, and a couple more meandered on their discussion.In my humble opinion, at the very least you can can skip the very two first essays and not miss a beat.The one that I enjoyed best was Brendan Shea's "Three Ways of Getting It Wrong:Induction in Wonderland", where we go from Hume (induction as the way we learn about the world) to Quine (the theory of underdetermination as a limitation to theories about how the world works) as we re-visit epistomology.Regardless of how good or bad these entries in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series are, you will always find an essay or two that are real gems.Recommended, but watch out for that first step into the rabbit hole, it's a long way down.John V. Karavitis

4-0 out of 5 stars Review from The Neverending Shelf
Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy gives readers an in-depth and academic look into the world of Alice in Wonderland. Journey deep into the rabbit hole to discover the lasting effects that Alice in Wonderland has had on our society and its pop culture.

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy is broken down into four sections, which are then broken down further into essays. Each essay is written by various authors and professors who discuss topics from feminism to philosophy to even drug usage. You may be thinking, what does this have to do with Alice in Wonderland the novel? The truth is a lot. On the surface, Lewis Carroll's classic seems to be just about a young girl who travels down the rabbit hole to discover a new world and a great adventure. But the truth is, as with many novels, the novel is filled with many diverse layers. And it is those layers that Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy discusses.

If you are a die-hard Alice in Wonderland fan, then this is definitely going to be a must read for you. However, those who are looking for an enlightening look at the world of Alice in Wonderland, should definitely give this novel a try. You will not be disappointed.

Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy is very well-written in an academic and intellectual way, but it is never dry. The authors infuse humor and pop culture references through out to keep readers entertained as well as relevant. I had a blast reading this novel, and discovered a new outlook on one of my most beloved tales. Fantastic read!

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a trip worth taking!
This book is imaginative and very fascinating.Alice in Wonderland has always helda magical place in my reading experience and this title compliments the story wonderfully. This is my first experience with such an astute group of writers willing to tackle the very ephemeral Alice. It was a treat to read,and I highly recommend it if you like expanding your mind. Because you will.

Some info about the book:

The perfect companion to Lewis Carroll's classic book and director Tim Burton's March 2010 remake of Alice in Wonderland.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has fascinated children and adults alike for generations. Why does Lewis Carroll introduce us to such oddities as blue caterpillars who smoke hookahs, cats whose grins remain after their heads have faded away, and a White Queen who lives backwards and remembers forwards? Is it all just nonsense? Was Carroll under the influence? This book probes the deeper underlying meaning in the Alice books, and reveals a world rich with philosophical life lessons. Tapping into some of the greatest philosophical minds that ever livedAristotle, Hume, Hobbes, and NietzscheAlice in Wonderland and Philosophy explores lifes ultimate questions through the eyes of perhaps the most endearing heroine in all of literature.

Looks at compelling issues such as perception and reality as well as how logic fares in a world of lunacy, the Mad Hatter, clocks, and temporal passage

Offers new insights into favorite Alice in Wonderland characters and scenes, including the Mad Hatter and his tea party, the violent Queen of Hearts, and the grinning Cheshire Cat.
Accessible and entertaining, Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy will enrich your experience of Alice's timeless adventures with new meaning and fun.

About the Editors

RICHARD BRIAN DAVIS is an associate professor of philosophy at Tyndale University College and the coeditor of 24 and Philosophy.

WILLIAM IRWIN is a professor of philosophy at King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books as coeditor of the bestselling The Simpsons and Philosophy and has overseen recent titles, including Batman and Philosophy, House and Philosophy, and Watchmen and Philosophy.

4-0 out of 5 stars curiouser and curiouser...
Certainly, Alice in Wonderland is a timeless, children's classic, right..or is it? Yes, I think it is, without question, a timeless classic but the question is whether is really is just a children's book. Personally, I always thought it was a bit too bizarre for many kids and is really one of those books perhaps best revisited as an adult. To quote the book's cover, in Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

"...introduces us to such oddities as a blue caterpillar who smoke a hookah, a cat whose grin remains after its head has faded away, and a White Queen who lives backward and remembers forward."

I know after reading this book of essays about the many questions of a philosophical nature that can be explored as they relate to Alice, I need to take another look at the original.

For example, have you ever though of little Alice as a feminist icon? Well if not, perhaps you should, as one of the 14 essays in the book, this one by Megan Lloyd, suggests.

"By rejecting daisy chains and following white rabbits, assertive Alice already sees the possibility in the real world she occupies. Alice offers another world for young women, one that need not be dull. Hers is a reality where women author their own tales, work out their own problems, expect the extraordinary, and speak their minds. Faced with continuing mistreatment and stereotypical expectations, today's young woman do well to ask themselves, what would Alice do?"

You can take a deeper look at Alice and her adventures, while at the same time learning a bit about some of the Big Questions. A number of your big name thinkers make an appearance, from Plato and Socrates to Kant and Nietzsche, but don't be too concerned if you eyes glaze over a bit when you hear those names. A number of big philosophical topics from logic, inductive reasoning and the meaning of language are explored as they relate to Wonderland, but again, fear not. Most of these essays are written in a clear, easily accessible way and you can ignore the endnotes if you wish. I admit, I wished. Also, a number of the essays are quite funny, my personal favorite being Mark White's "Jam Yesterday, Jam Tomorrow, But Never Jam Today: On Procrastination, Hiking, and...The Spiceabout philosophy Girls?" As an admitted procrastinator, I think this one in particular spoke to me.

This book is part of the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, a series of more than 20 books that has taken on subjects such as Battlestar Galactica, South Park, 24 and one I really need to check out, Mad Men, as they relate to a variety of philosophical issues. As they say on their site at [...] , maybe a little sugar of the popular subjects make the medicine of a little deeper thinking go down easier...."the unexamined life is not worth living and the unexamined sitcom is not worth watching."

In large part, an entertaining book, part of an intriguing series and certainly a must read for any serious fans of Alice in Wonderland. ... Read more


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