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150 years of Alice

For a century and a half Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll's classic story, has delighted young and old alike. With wonderfully imaginative characters; the White Rabbit, the grinning Cheshire Cat, the murderous Queen of Hearts - and scenes of glorious lunacy; the Mad Hatter's tea party, Alice falling down the rabbit hole and the Game of Croquet, Alice has become an icon of children's literature and has inspired numerous books, film and tv adaptations, ballets, theatre productions and musicals.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll, Charlie Lovett Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2015

This is a deluxe edition of Lewis Carroll's timeless tale of wondrously charming nonsense, in time for its 150th anniversary. When Alice follows the White Rabbit down the rabbit hole, little does she know that she is traveling to a world of magic where common-sense is turned upside-down. The dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and the backwards Looking-Glass kingdom are full of the unexpected: a baby turns into a pig, time is missing at a tea-party, and a wild chess game makes the seven-year-old Alice a queen. Displaying Lewis Carroll's gift for sparkling wordplay, puzzles, and riddles, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass offer magical adventure, pointed satire of Victorian England, and playful explorations of sophisticated logic. Yet amid Carroll's antic humor and joyful creation, poignant moments of nostalgia for fleeting childhood give the stories extraordinary emotional depth. And wherever Carroll takes Alice, John Tenniel's iconic illustrations follow with whimsical depictions of her tizzying journeys. Original, experimental, and unparalleled for pure delight, the adventures of Alice in Wonderland are tales to be read and shared across generations.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (150th Anniversary Edition with Dame Vivienne Westwood)

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2015

It seems a wonder such a pairing has not come about sooner. This special anniversary edition of Lewis Carroll's tale fits in with the twisted take on Britishness that Dame Vivienne Westwood is famous for in a magical Wonderland setting. From her catwalk shows inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party to her world famous twisted take on Britishness, Dame Vivienne Westwood has always seen the world through the looking glass. Now she has illustrated her favourite children's story by creating a unique front cover and end papers for this very special edition. Includes Through the Looking Glass and the original Tenniel illustrations.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/08/2007

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.

‘You would have to be half mad to dream me up.’

 

 

The story of Alice was first told by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a young don at Christ Church in Oxford in 1862, to entertain a group of children on a boat trip. One of these children was Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church who, entranced by the tale, asked for it to be written down.  Charles Dodgson duly did and gave it to Alice Liddell as a Christmas present, complete with his own illustrations.  It was originally entitled Alice's Adventures Under Ground and took him two and a half years to complete.

Charles Dodgson had met the publisher, Alexander Macmillan some years previously.  Macmillan loved Alice and published the story, with Dodgson choosing to write under the pseudonym, Lewis Carroll.

Lewis Carroll went on to write a sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, which contains the poems 'The Walrus and The Carpenter' and the nonsense poem 'Jabberwocky', which are now as famous as the Alice stories themselves.

 

‘If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.’

The 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland will see the publication of numerous editions and abridged versions of Alice - you can find our favourite titles here, and we will be adding to the selection as more titles are published throughout the year.

In addition to the books there are lots of exciting events to mark 150 years of Alice -

*Damon Albarn has written a stage musical based upon Alice - Wonder.land will open the Manchester International Festival on 2 July before moving to the National in November and then opening in Paris in 2016.

* Visit the V&A Museum of Childhood exhibition, The Alice Look, with rare editions, illustrations, garments and photographs, 2 May - 1 November. Find out more..

*Adventures in Wonderland is an interactive theatre show for children aged 5-10...and don't worry, there's one for grown-up Alice fans - Alice's Adventures Underground.

* The Post Office has released a special set of 10 stamps to mark the 150th Anniversary with illustrations by Grahame Baker-Smith - see all the stamps here.

For more information on Lewis Carroll visit www.lewiscarroll.org.uk and  aliceinwonderland150.com for more Alice facts, events and news.  And you can find Alice on facebook too with photos of recent Alice events and new Alice publications.

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