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The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll

The Hunting of the Snark (1876)

by Lewis Carroll

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This is about the 1st edition of The Hunting of the Snark (1876).

Henry Holiday, the first illustrator of Lewis Caroll's The Hunting of the Snark, categorized the long poem as a tragedy. It is an underestimated and underresearched ballade. Read it carefully:

There was an old man of Port Grigor,
Whose actions were noted for vigour;
He stood on his head
till his waistcoat turned red,
That eclectic old man of Port Grigor.

Edward Lear, 1872

He was black in the face,
and they scarcely could trace
The least likeness to what he had been:
While so great was his fright
that his waistcoat turned white -
A wonderful thing to be seen!

Lewis Carroll, from "The Hunting of the Snark", 1876

Here you see how Carroll may have gotten the idea to let waistcoats do what usually faces do. So far for (one out of more?) textual references. In parallel to these, there are Henry Holiday's pictorial allusions, for example:

Background: John Martin, The Bard, ca. 1871.
Inset: Detail from an illustration by H. Holiday and J. Swain to L. Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark, 1876.

To me, The Hunting of the Snark is Lewis Carroll's and Henry Holiday's masterpiece.
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  GoetzKluge | Sep 23, 2017 |
Crazy, gorgeous illustrations and a strange story. Wouldn't really label it a children's book. ( )
  SarinaLeigh | Apr 21, 2017 |
This is a truly bizarre poem. It is the story of a group of characters all starting with "b" that are hunting a snark. It ends up that they did not encounter a snark and instead lost one of the group to a different creature. The story really is nonsense although it may be an allegory for which I am not sure. I consider this to be worthless. ( )
  GlennBell | Mar 11, 2017 |
Translationplus original text. Good afterword ( )
  GoetzKluge | Jul 31, 2016 |
Mervyn Peake's illustrations for The Hunting of the Snark emphasise the absurd and grotesque elements of Carroll's verse, whilst those of Jansson its otherworldly and hauntingly ethereal aspects. Although Peake is just a shade ahead for me, I do love Jansson's take on this classic piece of nonsense. ( )
  Michael.Rimmer | Jun 21, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lewis Carrollprimary authorall editionscalculated
Jansson, ToveIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peake, MervynIllustratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blake, QuentinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geradts, EvertTranslator/Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Holiday, HenryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kuijper, JanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lipchenko, OlegIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maaløe, AgneteIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Oxenbury, HelenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanesi, RobertoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Singh, MahendraIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steadman, RalphIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Swain, JosephIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vos, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Inscribed to a dear Child:
in memory of golden summer hours
and whispers of a summer sea.
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"Just the place for Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man in the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.
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This is the annotated version. It contains multiple essays, along with the annotations and illustrations. Do not combine this with the un-annotated version.
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Group with blank map seek
unknown beast: all nonsense but
it's true, it's true, it's...

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140434917, Paperback)

'They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway share; They charmed it with smiles and soap'. Ever since Lewis Carroll's nonsense epic appeared in 1876, readers have joined his ten-man Snark-hunting crew and pursued the search with great enthusiasm. What are they hunting for? What is the Snark? Numerous theories have been proposed. Carroll himself provides a helpful preface to the poem and is recorded as having explained to one reader: 'In answer to your question, 'What did you mean the Snark was?' will you tell your friend that I meant that the Snark was a Boojum. I trust that she and you will now feel quite satisfied and happy'.This edition, previously published as "The Annotated Snark", reproduces the original illustrations by Henry Holiday, including the 'supressed' Boojum drawing. Martin Gardner provides an introduction, notes and bibliography, and an Appendix contains F. C. S. Schiller's "Commentary on the Snark" and J. A. Lyndon's "Fit the Seven-and-a-Halfth".

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Hunting a snark is a dangerous thing, as many people find out.

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