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Alice's Adventures Under Ground

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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 26th 1864)
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Kimley
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
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.
Tommie
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.
Cheri
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
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.
ilaria
Molto interessante questa prima versione delle avventure di Alice e bellissimo il manoscritto dell'autore con disegni fatti da lui redatto come regalo di Natale per la piccola Alice Liddell.
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
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
Diane Lund
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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David Sarkies
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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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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Karl Orbell
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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Lucas Oliveira
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
Danna
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
sabisteb
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
Kalen
I read this book as a e-book and I don't think the digital form does the story justice. Within the first few pages of the story Alice explains that she wouldn't want to read a book that didn't have conversations or pictures. Well this e-book did not have any images, however the e-book would politely remind you that there usually was a illustration after a paragraph by writing [Illustration]. I found it harder to enjoy the story without the images since I've always enjoyed Lewis Carroll's art.
Tim Vandenberg
No true Alice fan can go without reading this ORIGINAL, HAND-MADE 1st-draft edition by Lewis Carroll himself, all painstakingly completed for the REAL Alice (Liddell) herself! Carroll truly adored the person of Alice Liddell (as the love & effort poured into this volume clearly shows!). HOW much he "adored" her and in what capacity is for Carroll scholars to debate & argue about forever until his "lost" diary pages are discovered buried somewhere in Oxford!
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
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
Jake
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
Chris
I really enjoyed this book. As an "Alice" connosseur, this was a pleasant book. The introduction provided biographical information, some of which I knew, some I didn't. There were also photos of both the author and Alice that were interesting. The meat of the book was a facsimile of the original manuscript, handwritten for Alice. It was very similar to the book, but some elements were missing.All of the illustrations were done by the author. This is the only version with his illustrations. havin ...more
Maria
Apr 22, 2012 Maria rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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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Claire
This is essentially the first draft of Alice in Wonderland, as was told to Carroll's young friend Alice Liddell, which he then hand wrote and illustrated for her and gave to her as a Christmas present. It's a gorgeous edition, and his handwriting is lovely and the illustrations are beautiful in their simplicity. The story itself is only 90 pages long, and it's an easy read - a much shorter and simplified version of the eventual one he released. However, the introduction was fascinating as well, ...more
T K See Tho
This was a book hand-written as a present to Alice Liddell and her siblings, all whom he obviously care for dearly - rather than something written with commercial purposes in mind. You can almost feel that you were there sitting on the grassy bank together with the children listening intently to Dodgson spinning this fantastic and strange tale.

The illustrations drawn by Dodgson, although not of professional quality but charming nonetheless, shows how he envisions the various characters in the st
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Alzaina_140511
Alice's Adventure Underground was an interesting story; however, I felt that it is somehow a twisted version of the novel "Alice in Wonderland" and it was a bit similar. At first I was curious to know more, but in between I got bored, for I thought it was very detailed. The author was lost in between chapter and kept manipulating with words. At the end, I enjoyed reading the story, but I wouldn't recommend it because it will seem more appealing for children rather than adults.
Leah
I have read this book in the original as well as it's variations since I was seven years old. The charm and appeal of Alice's otherworldy and absurdist adventures never fails to win me over with it's whimsy. Whenever I am feeling too serious and jaded I return to this book. The current copy I own is a beautiful blue bounded edition. Kept in a secure place of worship on my bookshelf.
Patrick O'Connell
I found Alice to be a surly little tot, not very likable, lecturing others on politesse while "breaking and entering" and making demands.

I would have preferred reading about her sister's adventures in "Wonderland", much more likable, but alas she only appears in about two pages of this "stream of consciousness" ramble.

I could go on, but I really should be learning my "lessens".
Amy
If you're into Carroll, this is very nice to have - it's the Alice in Wonderland text with Carroll's original illustrations. Yes, John Tenniel was not the first to imagine what this Alice would look like! It's really great to see how Carroll envisioned his creations. Of course, he's not the best artist in the world, but on the other hand he's not horrible either. Cool stuff.
Kayla Jane
This manuscript facsimile is a must-read for any Alice fans. With a brief but helpful introduction by Carroll scholar Martin Gardener, this book gives wonderful insight to the Alice process that Carroll began as an oral tale. A very short and a very quick read, any fans will enjoy being part of and reading this personal gift to Alice Liddell.
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The Rev. 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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