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Alice in Wonderland (Norton Critical Edition Ser.) (original 1992; edition 1989)

by Lewis Carroll, Donald J. Grey (Editor)

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Title:Alice in Wonderland (Norton Critical Edition Ser.)
Authors:Lewis Carroll
Other authors:Donald J. Grey (Editor)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (1989), Edition: 2, Paperback, 408 pages
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Alice in Wonderland [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.] by Lewis Carroll (1992)

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    The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition by Lewis Carroll (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: Explaining the Alice books really requires more than one reference, and Gardner's edition includes far more fascinating details than the Norton edition, although it lacks the background essays found in the Norton collection.
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    Lewis Carroll: A Biography by Morton N. Cohen (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: The Norton edition of the Alice books contains many chapters of history and criticism -- but almost all of these have been rendered irrelevant by the publication of the (almost) unexpurgated edition of Dodgson's diaries. Cohen's is the fullest and probably the best biography published since then. All fans of the man behind the Alice books should have it.… (more)
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I love how adventurous, but at times nonsensical, the two books are. The characters and events are quite memorable, while the chess board in Through the Looking Glass makes one pay attention. ( )
  Mags_Standi | Jul 7, 2014 |
This is a great edition, because it contains footnotes explaining all of Carroll's political and literary references. If you're trying to actually *understand* what Alice is all about, this is the version you want. ( )
  fefferbooks | May 12, 2014 |
Summary: A girl dozes off and dreams of chasing a rabbit into a tree where she falls down a hole into a world of fantasy. She meets up with many friends and also makes enemies. She eventually wakes up at the end to realize it was just a dream.

Review: A classic for the older children to enjoy. Some of the plot may be hard to follow but delightful for those that can keep up. A great book for comparison of book to movie in a classroom setting.
  jwied2 | Jun 12, 2013 |
I've read this at least twice, once as a child and once in a children's literature class. I think as a child I found it a bit too scary and maybe that's why I don't recall reading it aloud to my own children. But, it's certainly an important part of our culture. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
This NCE contains Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and The Hunting of the Snark. I was pleased with the footnotes, which were helpful in clarifying many of Carroll's jokes. The critical information included some interesting biographies/diaries of Dodgson (Carroll), as well as a few critical essays. I was disappointed in these because although they were mostly good, the editor clearly has some negative feelings about Dodgson's morals and included many unnecessary Freudian-finger-pointing passages. If I were younger or more impressionable, I'd have been left with a very negative view of Dodgson indeed! Because of these attempts at manipulating the readers' good opinions of Dodgson, I wish I had gotten The Annotated Alice instead. ( )
  The_Hibernator | Aug 17, 2012 |
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Carroll, Lewisprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gray, Donald J.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Auerbach, NinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Avery, GillianContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beale, TonyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowman, IsaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Clark, AnneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collingwood, Stuart DodgsonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Coveney, PeterContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dodgson, C. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Empson, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gernsheim, HelmutContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hargreaves, AliceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Henkle, RogerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holquist, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hudson, DerekContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393958043, Paperback)

Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is for most children pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing "The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new." There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter, among a multitude of other characters--extinct, fantastical, and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be "curiouser and curiouser," seemingly without moral or sense.

For more than 130 years, children have reveled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn, Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing, and branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

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