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The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll

The Annotated Alice

by Lewis Carroll

Other authors: Martin Gardner (Editor), Martin Gardner (Introduction), John Tenniel (Illustrator), Sir John Tenniel (Illustrator)

Series: Annotated Alice (1), Alice's Adventures ( Annotated edition)

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Lovely, funny and smart. Everything you always wanted to understand about this classic, but didn't know whom to ask. Even the chess moves are explained. ( )
  Moem | Mar 11, 2014 |
  saintmarysaccden | Jan 7, 2014 |
Gardner's comments are the reason to buy this book. Brilliant. ( )
  hcubic | Jul 7, 2013 |
A cat may look at a king! ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
What Gardner adds to these two classics. This my reaction on reading this in 1990.

Gardner's "Introduction" talks about Carroll’s shyness, his fondness for little English girls (nothing untoward went on between him and them), his undistinguished life as an Anglican deacon and Oxford mathematician (though some of his writings touch on metalogic), and his special relationship with Alice Liddell. Gardner also takes jabs at the many allegorical and Freudian interpretations of the Alice books. Gardner, who I only know through his science and puzzle writings, is surprisingly diverse in citing literature that shares Carroll’s strange, absurd view of the world.

"Alice's Adventure's in Wonderland" -- Gardner’s notes explain the historical and literary allusions (particularly to the execrable songs and poems parodied) and notes relevant details from Carroll’s personal life.

"Through the Looking Glass" -- Gardner points out how Humpty Dumpty raises some serious questions of a philosophical, linguistic, and artistic nature. Do things have no names beyond what we arbitrarily decide? If words can’t mean what me want them to, how are puns and poetry possible? If words aren’t rigidly defined by others, how is communication possible? The annotations in this book are even more valueable than those for Alice in Wonderland. In addition to explaining allusions, Gardner points out the philosophical, mathematical, scientific, and logical questions raised by Carroll’s playfulness -- explaining Carroll’s continuing appeal to scientists and mathematicians. The annotations also help explain the strange chess game central to the story. All the moves are legal -- just not done in the proper white-red-white sequence). He also notes the many literary takeoffs of Carroll. Last, but not least, Gardner (with help from the Oxford English Dictionary) explains that the famous Jaberwocky poem isn’t quite as strange as it seems. ( )
  RandyStafford | Sep 19, 2012 |
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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 wanderings to guide.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140013873, Paperback)

For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1960, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is highly sought after by families and scholars alike -- for it was Gardner who first decoded the wordplay and the many mathematical riddles that lie embedded in Carroll's two classic stories: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Forty years after this groundbreaking publication, Norton is proud to publish the Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alice, a work that combines the notes of Gardner's 1960 edition with his 1990 update, More Annotated Alice, as well as additional new discoveries and updates drawn from Gardner's encyclopedic knowledge of the texts. Illustrated with John Tenniel's classic and beloved art -- along with many recently discovered Tenniel pencil sketches -- The Annotated Alice will be Gardner's most beautiful and enduring tribute to Carroll's masterpieces yet.

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Forty years after Gardner's groundbreaking publication of the annotated version of Carroll's most famous work comes this new version, featuring fascinating insights, notes and newly discovered line drawings.

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