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The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition…

The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition (2000)

by Lewis Carroll

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The details were exhausting. I tried but I reached a point where the foot notes were ruining the story for me. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Jan 25, 2019 |
"Alice in Wonderland" holds a special place in literature, and reasonably so. It's a gem of nonsense poetry, fantasy and delight for children and adults alike. Martin Gardner's edition takes the work and makes it more relevant (not trying to sound derogatory to Lewis Carroll's books by saying that). Much like anything rooted in popular culture (be it Shakespeare or Seinfeld), we lose a good deal of the context and allusions the further divorced we are from the time of publication. Gardner thus informs us of the origins of the song parodies, the logical reasoning behind the bizarre characters' even more bizarre assertions, and both the origins, and reception, of "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass".

"Alice" is a thing of beauty, and stands up on its own against all odds. But this is a doubly enjoyable experience, and if you like this, check out some of Carroll's other works! ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
There's no radio button for tried to read but really couldn't finish, but that's what I would have checked. (I DO wish they would add a Re-reading button)

Tenniel's illustrations disturbed me as a child, for unknown reasons, and as such, Alice in Wonderland disturbed me, so I never really read it. I have had this on my mental "to read" list for more than 20 years. Martin Gardner is a legend and I thought that if he had something to do with it (the annotated part) I might finally make it through. I read "Alice" but stopped partway into "Through the Looking Glass".

I found the the most interesting part of this Martin Gardner's depth of knowledge. Imagine pre-internet research (this was published in 1961) - Gardner cites original songs/poems that Carroll parodied, obscure references from 100 years earlier, and more from Carroll's diaries. I knew Dodgson was a recreational mathematician, as is Gardner, and I thought that if Gardner was involved, then there would be puzzles buried in the two books. Not really, discounting the bizarre, but according to Gardner, workable chess game.

I do see where Monty Python got it's humor. Maybe in another 30 years. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
I have loved Alice for a long time. As a mathematician, a poet and a lover of children's literature, it's the perfect fit for me.
For a long time, I had the children's classic edition. But I wanted the annotated version and when I got it, I handed off the old book to the used book store. (I sometimes wish I hadn't done that. I had to do a new list of the poems and what page to find each one.)
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  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
This book really defined for me what an annotated book should be, as I'm sure it has for many other readers. ( )
  tlockney | Sep 7, 2014 |
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Alice, Where Art Thou?

Quaint child, old-fashioned Alice, lend your dream:
I would be done with modern story-spinners,
Follow with you the laughter and the gleam:
Weary am I, this night, of saints and sinners.
We have been friends since Lewis and old Tenniel
Housed you immortally in red and gold.
Come! Your naivete is a spring perennial:
Let me be young again before I’m old.

You are a glass of youth: this night I choose
Deep in your magic labyrinths to stray,
Where rants the Red Queen in her splendid hues
And the White Rabbit hurries on his way.
Let us once more adventure, hand in hand:
Give me belief again—in Wonderland!

- Vincent Starrett, in Brillig (Chicago: Dierkes Press, 1949)
To the thousands of readers of my Annotated Alice and More Annotated Alice who took the time to send letters of appreciation, and to offer corrections and suggestions for new notes.
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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 Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0393048470, Hardcover)

"What is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations!"

Readers who share Alice's taste in books will be more than satisfied with The Annotated Alice, a volume that includes not only pictures and conversations, but a thorough gloss on the text as well. There may be some, like G.K. Chesterton, who abhor the notion of putting Lewis Carroll's masterpiece under a microscope and analyzing it within an inch of its whimsical life. But as Martin Gardner points out in his introduction, so much of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is composed of private jokes and details of Victorian manners and mores that modern audiences are not likely to catch. Yes, Alice can be enjoyed on its own merits, but The Annotated Alice appeals to the nosy parker in all of us. Thus we learn, for example, that the source of the mouse's tale may have been Alfred Lord Tennyson who "once told Carroll that he had dreamed a lengthy poem about fairies, which began with very long lines, then the lines got shorter and shorter until the poem ended with fifty or sixty lines of two syllables each." And that, contrary to popular belief, the Mad Hatter character was not a parody of then Prime Minister Gladstone, but rather was based on an Oxford furniture dealer named Theophilus Carter.

Gardner's annotations run the gamut from the factual and historical to the speculative and are, in their own way, quite as fascinating as the text they refer to. Occasionally, he even comments on himself, as when he quotes a fellow annotator of Alice, James Kincaid: "The historical context does not call for a gloss but the passage provides an opportunity to point out the ambivalence that may attend the central figure and her desire to grow up." And then follows with a charming riposte: "I thank Mr. Kincaid for supporting my own rambling." There's a lot of information in the margins (indeed, the page is pretty evenly divided between Carroll's text and Gardner's), but the ramblings turn out to be well worth the time. So hand over your old copy of Lewis Carroll's classic to the kids--this Alice in Wonderland is intended entirely for adults. --Alix Wilber

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:47 -0400)

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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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