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The Annotated Alice (Annotated Alice)

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Includes the full text of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, with the original Tenniel illustrations and full commentary explaining the jokes, games, puzzles, tricks, parodies, and other curiosities of the beloved classic books. Discover the secret meanings hidden in the rhymes, stories, and characters of Jabberwocky, the Mad Hatter's ...more
Hardcover, Revised Edition
Published December 12th 1988 by Clarkson Potter (first published 1960)
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Leah Here's what it says in the description:

The deluxe anniversary edition of The Annotated Alice includes:

A rare, never-before-published portrait of…more
Here's what it says in the description:

The deluxe anniversary edition of The Annotated Alice includes:

A rare, never-before-published portrait of Francis Jane Lutwidge, Lewis Carroll's mother
Over 100 new or updated annotations, collected since the publication of Martin Gardner's Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alice in 1999
More than 100 new illustrations, in vibrant color, by Salvador Dalí, Beatrix Potter, Ralph Steadman, and 42 other artists and illustrators, in addition to the original artwork by Sir John Tenniel
A preface by Mark Burstein, president emeritus of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and all of Gardner's introductions to other editions
A filmography of every Alice-related film by Carroll scholar David Schaefer
225 color and black-and-white illustrations(less)
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The IT Engineer's Lad

What is it inside this internet, I asked the young lad,
The computer expert replied,
Why Ma'am, it's web servers and routers,
And connections between computers,
That cannot ever be fried.

What lies on those servers then, I asked the young lad,
The boy gazing up now replied,
Oh Ma'am, blogs and e-mail, at night porn and streams,
Zombies and splatter and car chasing dreams,
What wonders out there can be spied?

Is your work very unbearable, I asked the young lad,
Most times, Ma'am, it is,
Jul 08, 2009 Bruce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This edition has an interesting and informative introduction in which Martin Gardner refers to “the Bible and all other great works of fantasy,” which amused me. The annotations to the text are often quite interesting if somewhat intrusive; I found it best to read all of them for a chapter before beginning to read the chapter itself, having them then in my knowledge base without having to be interrupted from the flow of the story. I enjoying all the punning. I had not realized that the songs wer ...more
David Schaafsma
Dec 03, 2016 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the very copy I read many times. Wish I still had it to share with my kids. Got it remaindered in some bookstore. Annotated by Math and science writer Martin Gardner. I was not interested in math, but he helped explain the math and logic references. I had read it before getting this copy, but this helped to see it more deeply, of course.
Aug 21, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Alice completists

Review of The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
ISBN 0393245438

In 2015, Alice in Wonderland, the most beloved children’s book of all time, turned 150. To celebrate Alice’s birthday, W.W. Norton & Co. published an updated Deluxe Edition of The Annotated Alice.

The Annotated Alice: 150th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is a lavish volume. It includes all of the original illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, as well as over 100 illustrations by many other artists, including Beatrix Potter

Sep 21, 2011 notgettingenough rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
For the Celebrity Death Match vs The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

'I mean, wot the fuck is it wiv this Salander bitch?' Alice scowls.

'I'm telling you, I'm sick of it. Bugger the 'Annotated Alice', we're putting out the 'Unexpurgated Alice' right now. They need to be told that I did all that stuff bigger and better than she did. AND I had to give mate's rates to fucking Charles Dickens. Geez. Give me a break.'

'What? NOW?' asks Humpty nervously glancing at the wall next to them.

She ignores him.

Oct 05, 2011 Marvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Written for the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament

The Annotated Alice versus 1984

Alice looked around at the gray drab buildings.

"I must have wandered off the path. This is nothing like anything I've ever seen before in Wonderland. "

The city was devoid of people. Occasionally a siren would blare but there were no human and animal sounds. A poster of a intimidating man with the words BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU was on practically every wall.

"Interesting" said Alice, "It looks a little like my
Apr 06, 2007 Lynne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently saw a review where someone had read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, felt completely confused, and was basically told by all commenters that "Carroll was on Opium," as an explanation for the weirdness of the writing. I suggest that original poster, instead, pick up a copy of The Annotated Alice. Both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass were essentially written for one person, Alice Liddell. Most of the references in the books that are completely odd are in- ...more
Sep 16, 2011 Bettie☯ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alice, who doesn't want to get her petticoats dirty, is idly chewing on a magic mushroom and looks quite tall for her tender years; she is waiting patiently for her opponent in direct contrast to a white rabbit who is chagrined at the wasting time. A screech of tires announces Pippi Lisbeth arrival on a Harley (sweet!); she bends down to fill her hands with mud and proceeds to smear it over her barely clad tattooed form.

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I was genuinely delighted to reacquaint myself with a much loved book from childhood. I greatly enjoyed re-reading Alice's adventures, particularly from the perspective I have now, as an adult. The level of inventiveness demonstrated by Lewis Carroll impressed me in a way I would not have considered at age 8.
I was less impressed with the exceedingly long footnotes which paralleled the original text. While I appreciated the level of scholarship which surrounds Lewis Carroll's work, I found many o
Apr 22, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Everyone should spend a couple of frabjous days every 30 years or so with Alice! Even better to bring Martin Gardner along for his enlightening bits (like "chortle" being a word coined by Lewis Carroll -- who knew?)
Jan 10, 2009 Dolly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their older children
This is the copy of the classic tales that I grew up with. The annotated version confused me some when I was young, but I've always loved the illustrations. I remember my Dad reading some of this to me so many years ago - I didn't remember the whole story, but I know he's always loved the poetry - especially Jabberwocky.

We listened to Michael York narrate Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on audio CD while we followed along with the book. Then, we listened to Donada Peters narrate the second hal
Dec 03, 2007 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All in the golden afternoon
Full leisurely we glide;
For both our oars, with little skill,
By little arms are plied,
While little hands make vain pretence
Our wanders to guide.

Ah, cruel Three! In such an hour,
Beneath such dreamy weather,
To beg a tale of breath too weak
To stir the tiniest feather!
Yet what can one poor voice avail
Against three tongues together?

Imperious Prima flashes forth
Her edict "to begin it":
In gentler tones Secunda hopes
"There will be nonsense in it!"
While Tertia interrupts the ta
Jul 11, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I would have half the appreciation I now do for Lewis Carroll if it weren't for the annotations accompanying this edition of the text. Besides the grunt work of explaining Victorian terms and concepts now outdated (look up bathing machines for the example I found most strange), the annotations shed on light on the emotional dimension to the books, which seems like an absurd idea at first glance given that they're nonsense tales. But Lewis Carroll adored Alice Liddell -- innocently ...more
Camille Dent (TheCamillion)
What I love about the Alice stories, is that I could read it multiple times with a new experience each time. There are so many puns, death jokes, and word-plays that I did not understand the first time that I read it. I would highly recommend reading an annotated version such as this one, because about 75% of the books is pop culture reference from Victorian England, inside jokes, and logic and mathematics allusions. I also like how purely childish these stories are. They don't need to have a mo ...more
Terence Manleigh
The ultimate Alice. Brimming with fascinating side notes that help explicate some of the murkier jokes and shine a blazing spotlight on Carroll's full cleverness and wit. Adorned with beautiful reproductions of the classic Tenniel drawings. Heaven.

What an original Lewis Carroll was! There’s no one like him – his voice is unmistakable. The wit, the cleverness, the intellect and the sheer playfulness of the writing guarantees a good time is had by adults as well as children.

One thing that is compl
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This beautiful hardbound edition of both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is made heavenly by the inclusion of luxurious annotations, original illustrations by John Tenniel, and a long-lost chapter. Editor Gardner reprints acres of trivia provided by scholars and fans in the annotations, which range from definitions or contextual clues to (like suggested answers to the famous riddle "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?"). At times, the annotations seem a little indulgent (there ...more
Maggie Salisbury
Really wonderful. Illumines many Victorian commonplaces that aren't so commonplace today, and provides source material for Carroll's allusions. I felt as though I was taking a class with dozens of Carroll scholars whose opinions, insights, and guesses the editor, Martin Gardner, uses as annotations when original source material does not exist (and even when it does). The result is a feast of information and insightful literary criticism for the diehard Alice fan and a great reference for anyone ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Isaac rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth finding for the introduction alone.
And the original illustrations. They are rather important.

However, this book is probably most useful for the purpose of discrediting the many absurd theories surrounding the Alice novels.

If anything, I would say that the books are reader's books. It may be that Wonder Land was not written for the general reader really--none of us are Alice Liddel--but the academically minded reader will find much to enjoy in "The Annotated Alice".
Lisa Vegan
I really enjoyed this edition, a book I still own. But, unlike most people, I’ve never been a huge Alice in Wonderland fan. I read this book in elementary school and I liked it. Had reasons to read other editions of the Alice in Wonderland part of this book for a college English class, and was simply not wowed.
Nov 28, 2015 Jaksen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My favorite book of all time. This annotated version only made me love it more.

Now I want the newest version of this book, in hardcover. When's Christmas?

Nicky Penttila
I've read "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" at least a dozen times, and noticed something new and intriguing each time, which is why it earns 5-stars. The annotations in this edition add even more.

Fantastic wordplay, satirical takes on then-famous poems, and illustrations that do double- and triple-duty add layers to a "kid-sized" story of adventure.

I love how the sentences challenge our assumptions of how language works, what metaphor, grammar, and style can do. Alice's rea
Apr 28, 2015 Tristan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, classic
I've read this about six times, but this is my only time since late elementary school. Carroll's nonsense is incredibly clever, with cold jokes slipped into the text without calling attention to themselves and a marvelous degree of consistency. This volume contains both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and as this is the only edition I have ever read, the two become a sort of giant work simply thought of as Alice. The two stories are bot ...more
Feb 17, 2017 Judy marked it as didnt-finish  ·  review of another edition
This book, Annotated Alice, has been on my shelves for at least ten years. Yesterday, I decided to quit stalling. I started ... and I closed the book. I have never liked Alice in Wonderland. Not the Disney version. Not the movies. Not the original. If I had to read something, it would be this annotated version. But I don't have to read it. I decided to donate the book.

Life is short. Many other titles beckon.
Alice was amongst the first tales I read, and even from the start I've had a complicated relationship with it. At first, it was too weird to me, everyone was so crazy and spoke so inintelligibly, and I couldn't for the little life of me understand what the accursed point of this bizarre book was supposed to be. Thankfully, I was young enough to consider myself satisfied with the pretty and colourful illustrations and call it a good read.

I reread it years later, and it was still weird as ever. Al
Ultimate Reading Challenge 2016. A book which will be a movie this year.

I believe the annotations are longer than the text of the two stories. They are quite helpful. I did not realize that my favorite version of Alice (with Gene Wilder, Peter Ustinov, Martin Short, Robbie Coltrane, Christopher Lloyd, Whoopie Goldberg, and others) is actually a combination of the two books.

I noticed, on page 252, that curious phrase "of a Saturday night", a phrase I first heard when I lived in Oklahoma. It is ap
Emma Decker
SPOILER ALERT Little Alice who is so bored of her older sister reading to her, finds a small rabbit hole and goes down to find the most wonderful and strange world she had ever seen. Along her journey she meets the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter and not to forget the Cheshire Cat. Soon Alice discovers that wonderland is quite queer, and is soon changing size, chasing a White Rabbit, and trying to keep her head. What I love about this book is the strange characters and the personal ...more
Cecily Erker
Dec 05, 2009 Cecily Erker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have an earlier edition of this book, but I'm still gonna review it. This book is basically Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, along with everything you could ever possibly want to know about its symbols, interpretations, historical context and underlying psychodynamics (like how the rabbit hole is apparently a vagina). A disturbing but plausible conspiracy theory introduced is that Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) may have mentally been a pedophile, but never committed any ...more
Apr 05, 2013 Ithil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Recién terminado: me cuesta tener una opinión precisa de este libro por lo raro y extraño que ha sido su lectura. A pesar de estar anotado, siento que hay muchas cosas que no he terminado de entender. Pero indudablemente ha sido entretenido.

Opinión personal: Alicia en el país de las maravillas y A través del espejo creo que es una lectura peculiar, muy difícil de recomendar. Es más, os recomendaría acercaros a ella por propia voluntad, si
Apr 20, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a delightfully odd story. I had never read either of the Alice stories before, though I am very familiar with both Disney adaptations. I went into it thinking they would be more symbolic than they ended up being, though it may just be that I need to give them another read through to really get at it and a better understanding of Carroll's time. (Though I gave the annotations some attention at first, I found they interrupted the flow of the stories, so after time I barely bothered with them. ...more
Tim Poston
May 05, 2015 Tim Poston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gardner's annotations often seem more concerned with explaining British words to his American audience (for instance "They are waiting on the shingle", which the English know is a stony beach) than with telling things that were genuinely hard to find out.
"But the tune isn’t his own invention," she said to herself: "it’s 'I give thee all, I can no more.'”
What was the tune? Gardner doesn't say.
The web gave me hope -- the source poem by Thomas Moore is all over the place -- but no indication wheth
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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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“Her constant orders for beheading are shocking to those modern critics of children's literature who feel that juvenile fiction should be free of all violence and especially violence with Freudian undertones. Even the Oz books of L. Frank Baum, so singularly free of the horrors to be found in Grimm and Andersen, contain many scenes of decapitation. As far as I know, there have been no empirical studies of how children react to such scenes and what harm if any is done to their psyche. My guess is that the normal child finds it all very amusing and is not damaged in the least, but that books like Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz should not be allowed to circulate indiscriminately among adults who are undergoing analysis.” 20 likes
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