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Alice's Adventures Under Ground (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 0)

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Lewis Carroll wrote Alice's Adventures Underground for the young Alice Liddell, from which arose the more familiar version of Alice in Wonderland. In this book the entire manuscript has been photographed in colour and reproduced with precise fidelity to the original.
Hardcover, Facsimile edition, 112 pages
Published March 1st 1992 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published November 1864)
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Kimley
Mar 22, 2009 Kimley rated it it was amazing
This is the real Alice as photographed by Lewis Carroll back in the 1860s:



I suspect Humbert Humbert would approve...

Unsubstantiated rumors aside, this is a wonderful replica of the original book that Carroll hand wrote and illustrated himself as a gift for the young Alice. You can see the original manuscript at the British Library which has been a highlight of all my trips to London. Hopefully they've cleaned up the drool I left on the glass case when I was last there ogling it.

This book is only
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Tosh
Mar 09, 2009 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exact reproduction of the book given to Alice by Lewis Carroll. What we have here is an early version of 'Alice in the Wonderland' with illustrations by the author. A very beautiful book by a unique genius. There is always the question of what Carroll's desires lie with respect to young Alice - but the truth is Carroll is a brilliant mind that wrote literature that is superb in every corner of the mind - the light and the dark. This book would make a great gift. To that special someone.
Aishwarya
Feb 09, 2015 Aishwarya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The original manuscript of Alice is pretty much Alice minus almost all the things I love about Alice. The Cheshire Cat doesn't figure in the letters. Neither do the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Duchess or the Dormouse. Babies don't turn into pigs, the cook doesn't set everyone sneezing and one of my favorite lines "We're all mad here" doesn't exist in this universe.

But it isn't all bad. The Mock Turtle might not talk about Drawling or Fainting in coils but he does sing "Soop of the e-evening
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Tommie
Aug 09, 2013 Tommie rated it it was amazing
This particular book is one of my favorite possessions. Alice in Wonderland was my favorite story growing up. This book has photos of the "real" Alice, the little girl for whom Carroll wrote his stories. It is also a reproduction of his original stories, in his handwriting, exactly the same as what he gave to Alice as a final gift. My mother purchased it for me before she passed away which makes it even more special. A beautiful copy of a beloved story.
Gabrielle
Jan 30, 2016 Gabrielle rated it it was amazing
If you are a fan of amazing books, fantastic illustrations, and just happiness in general then please pick up a copy of Alice's Adventures Underground. Even if it's just to use as decoration, I can promise you it will be a fantastic investment.
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Sarah Kingston
Dec 30, 2015 Sarah Kingston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read one of my many copies of Alice in Wonderland in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the novel, and on the final day of 2015, I remembered that goal and sat down with the facsimile of the original manuscript for the book that became Alice. It's a lot of fun to see where the version which we are all so familiar with came from, and it's hard not to get a little thrill when you see the familiar words set down in the author's own hand. As a first draft, it of course does lack som ...more
Cheri
Dec 16, 2007 Cheri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-british
I really wanted to like this play, I loved the idea of revisiting Alice in Wonderland for it's deeper meanings, but the work seems strangely lightweight. At times I couldn't tell if it was geared to children or adults. It fails to work for either. Now, I didn't see it in performance, so maybe there's more to it once the performances are in place.
So much of the work of Carroll seems to speak to children because it taps into the feelings of powerlessness in the face of what seems like Adult capri
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Elena
Apr 28, 2013 Elena rated it liked it
Aunque no es nada como la versión final y la más conocida... es interesante conocer cómo surgió Alicia en el país de las maravillas. También valen la pena las ilustraciones originales que hiciera Lewis Caroll. Creo que este libro es sólo para fanáticos del original.
Bucletina
Oct 17, 2015 Bucletina marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Preveo varias lecturas de este libro en un futuro mediano...
Rita
Nov 10, 2016 Rita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Livro em inglês conseguido aqui e lido em formato Kindle com imagens.

O início de As aventuras de Alice no país das maravilhas é uma história contada de improviso, por Charles Lutwidge Dodgson / Lewis Carroll, de forma a entreter três irmãs num passeio de barco pelo rio Tamisa.
Esta história improvisada deu origem, 2 anos mais tarde, ao manuscrito Alice's Adventures Under Ground, cuja finalidade era presentear uma das 3 irmãs, Alice Pleasance Liddell.

Faltam aqui algumas personagens importantes, ma
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Pat
Jan 14, 2017 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent early version of the classic story with spectacular new illustrations. Beautiful edition!
Mariska
Mar 11, 2017 Mariska rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this version is so beautiful!
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Am 4. July 1862 unternahmen Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) und sein Freund Robinson Duckworth mit den drei Töchtern von Henry Liddell (dem Vizekanzler der Universität von Oxford) eine Paddaltour auf dem Flüsschen Isis. Die drei Mädchen an Bord waren Lorina Charlotte Liddell ("Prima" im einleitenden Gedicht), Alice Pleasance Liddell ("Secunda" im einleitenden Gedicht) und Edith Mary Liddell ("Tertia" im einleitenden Gedicht). Auf dieser Bootstour erzählte Lewis Carroll die Geschichte vo ...more
David Sarkies
Jun 06, 2013 David Sarkies rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
The original Alice
6 June 2013

This is what is typically known as an ur-text, namely a rough draft that has been extensively rewritten to produce the final work (though when I think of an ur-text, I usually think of the ancient world). Needless to say it is nowhere near as good as the original text, though for some reason people wanted Lewis Carol (or whatever his name is, and I can't be bothered looking it up at the moment) to publish the original story that he told Alice Liddel that day they we
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Karl Orbell
Jun 20, 2013 Karl Orbell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). He was a good scholar at Oxford and did a lot of work in the foundations of mathematical disciplines very important to computing, my own field. Plus he was a skilled photographer and of course, one of the earliest well known fantasy authors.

This little book has a long introduction, a potted biography of Dodgson, particularly around the initial conception and creation of the book that made his name, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and i
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Rikke
Would I recommend this book to everyone? No. I would only recommend this to anyone with a deep interest in the differences between a manuscript and a published book, and with an intense love for Alice and her Wonderland. "Alice's Adventures Under Ground" isn't a good book - but it is an interesting one.

Basically this is a facsimile, a reproduction of the original story that would eventually evolve into "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". It is the short, handwritten version that Lewis Carroll ga
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Dave
Jul 11, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
Before it was published for all the world to read as “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, the original adventure story had been written up and given to Alice Liddell as “Alice’s Adventures under Ground”. Lewis Carroll (a.k.a Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) had promised to write it for her after telling the story on the “golden afternoon” on July 4th, 1862 and which Dodgson wrote down and gave to Alice on September 13th, 1864. The original story was shorter than “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderlan ...more
Lucas Oliveira
Aug 21, 2012 Lucas Oliveira rated it liked it
According to the Oxford dictionary, the definition of fantasy is the product of imagining the impossible or improbable things.The two books involving Alice, and the fantasy is clearly used because Alice creates a fantasy in your dreams. During the stories you can see the relationship between fantasy and the real world in the characters as examples the Queen of Hearts in the real world would be a boring teacher or a annoying boss, the rabbit would be an adult who only thinks about the job and the ...more
Diane Lund
Jul 26, 2011 Diane Lund rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, blogs
Roaylties på bøger ophæves efter 70 år. Det betyder, at alle de kendte klassiskere findes gratis på Amazon Kindle Store. Efter at have brugt det meste af en eftermiddag på at klassikere, satte jeg mig forventningsfuld tilrette med "Adventures of Tom Sawyer". Efter 15 minutter var jeg en erfaring rigere: Jeg er ganske habil til engelsk anno 2011 - men ikke anno 1876.

Så jeg bladrede videre i min klassiske kollektion og kastede mig over en endnu ældre bog: Alice's adventure in Wonderland, af Lewis
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Lindsay
One sentence impression: An innocent (and at times, trying) misadventure into wonderment, whereupon the simple-minded Alice meets (and subsequently annoys) a motley population of rodents, birds, insects and playing cards.

Top Hit: the didatic interchange between Alice and the cantankerous caterpillar. I, as the reader, gained much enjoyment imagining Alice's blood boiling from the caterpillar's air of detachment and general distaste.
"Come back!" the caterpillar called after her, "I've something
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Here's To The Fall
Jan 27, 2016 Here's To The Fall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
I love Alice in Wonderland. I love the cheesy Disney movie, the not-so-great Tim Burton adaptation (I’m very much looking forward to the sequel) and the fairly surreal (and somewhat unnerving) 1998 Alice through the Looking Glass. So of course I do very much enjoy the book itself. When I saw the opportunity to purchase this anniversary edition of the original manuscript, I took it.

This story is significantly more simple than the more widely known Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.It’s missing som
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Danna
Jul 18, 2008 Danna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another long-time favorite, Alice never fails to enchant. Good old Charles Lutwidge Dodgson! To quote the Wiki, which has it written quite succinctly: "Though information is scarce (Dodgson's diaries for the years 1858–1862 are missing), it does seem clear that his friendship with the Liddell family was an important part of his life in the late 1850s, and he grew into the habit of taking the children (first the boy, Harry, and later the three girls) on rowing trips to nearby Nuneham Courtenay or ...more
Nikki
'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland' is far and away my favourite book of all time. For some reason though, I'd never read the original, shorter version - until now. First off, I have to say I am completely in love with this facsimile edition - actually seeing Carroll's own written words and drawings is amazing. I also love the last page of the book, where he refers to the real-life Alice. That adds a whole other dimension to the book and makes you realize that this was meant as a private gift, no ...more
Justin Green
Feb 14, 2013 Justin Green rated it liked it
I enjoyed this because it was part of the reading list for the Coursera course I'm doing at the moment, looking at Fantasy, SF and the Human Mind. Learning something about Lewis Carroll's background and interests, and about the various games and tricks built into the story certainly offered incentive to read it through, accept the nonsense and absurdity (a mock turtle and a gryphon doing a dance by the sea? Come on.), and enjoy the play while looking for other meanings. I like reading well writ ...more
Sarah Crawford
This is a facsimile of the original book about Alice that Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll first wrote and gave to Alice Liddell. The book was written by hand and the illustrations were done by Carroll. There are some differences between this and the book Alice in Wonderland that was published later. A few of these include eating the top or bottom of the mushroom, not the sides; using ostriches instead of flamingos in the croquet game, no caucus race, and the Queen takes Alice to see the mock turtl ...more
Jake
Aug 02, 2012 Jake rated it really liked it
This is just a shorten version of "Alice in Wonderland". It was the version he gave to little Alice, homemade and home illustrated, as a gift. He made a few copies and later expanded his work. Anyway, it was the first version I ever read of the story and I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I am not against children's literature and have liked quit a bit of it as an adult (especially E. Nesbit's "5 Children and It") and this one really ranks high. I am sure most people are famili ...more
Kate
Nov 17, 2015 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite children's books. I love how the story is filled with whimsy and fantasy. I have read several editions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and am always amazed by the illustrations. Reading the introduction to Alice's Adventures Under Ground really interested me as is told the history of the story and I could not wait to read this version, which was a written log of the oral story told on a summer day. Even though several of my favorite cha ...more
Shélah
I (perhaps thankfully) never read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as a child. When I discovered it as an adult I was pleasantly shocked at the brilliance that is imbedded in this idiosyncratic and fanciful children's story. I do think it takes a certain type of reader with extra energy to spend finding the meaning amidst the whimsy, but it is worth it if you wish to take the time.

This particular "original" edition is great fun for the Alice fan - I was fortunate enough to stumble across it when
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leynes
Sep 25, 2015 leynes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. This is basically the ur-text of Alice Adventures in Wonderland and boy am I happy that Carroll revised it because all the good rhymes and funny puns are not in the ur-text.

Don't get me wrong I think for a first draft this is actually terrific work because the idea behind the story is quite clever and sooo original and it's also really nice that he just made that story up for the real little Alice - but reading a first draft is always a little weird and
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Maria
Apr 04, 2012 Maria rated it liked it
Shelves: mehhh
This is second time I have read this book. The first time was for pure enjoyment,and because I had to read it for school. Then the second time was for an english assignment. I didn't want to read it again, but seeing that it was for a grade, I had to start reading. Since I already had read it, the second time was a bore, and I didn't want to keep reading. Even when reading Alice for the first time, I didn't comprehend some of the double meanings, and all that was going on, so I didn't particular ...more
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The Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by the pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican clergyman and photographer.

His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all considered to be within the genre of literary nonsense.

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