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The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll
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Apr 17, 12

bookshelves: children, classic, fantasy, education
Read in December, 2011

Although first created as a verbal amusement to entertain the Liddell sisters, Mr. Carroll later was encouraged to write down this whimsical tale of a girl’s imaginary adventures. It’s a good thing for posterity that he did. But the odd old tale no longer holds the same fascination for children that it once did. Many modern fans of the book are conspicuously adult with an adult’s curiosity about what Carroll meant when he penned this enigmatic, brilliant, silly, thought-provoking tale of mischief, imagination, wordplay and punnery. Mr. Gardner did a thorough job with his research. Filled with copious side notes explaining the various lines, colloquialisms and references that would have been clear to Carroll’s readers but remain a tad obscure for modern literati, this book is a treat for those who enjoy the text but also want the background information as well. It also includes the famous illustrations by John Tenniel, my favorite out of any of the illustrations I’ve seen for these two stories.
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