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The annotated Alice : Alice's adventures in Wonderland & Through the looking glass
Uniform Title:
Alice's adventures in Wonderland
Publication Information:
New York : Bramhall House, ©1960.
Physical Description:
352 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Down the rabbit-hole -- The pool of tears -- A caucus-race and a long tale -- The rabbit sends in a little bill -- Advice from a caterpillar -- Pig and pepper -- A mad tea-party -- The queen's croquet-ground -- The mock turtle's story -- The lobster Quadrille -- Who stole the tarts? -- Alice's evidence.
This is the first and only edition of Lewis Carroll's two masterpieces, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, that contains the full text, together with all of the original Tenniel illustrations in their correct places, and that adds to this a full annotation running concurrently with the text for the easiest possible reference. Here, the result of many years of research by an expert, is a running commentary on all the jokes, games, puzzles, tricks, parodies, obscure references and almost endless curiosities with which Carroll filled his writings. With this information a modern reader can appreciate this great and subtle book in a way that would be impossible otherwise.
Added Title:
Alice's adventures in Wonderland.

Through the looking glass.


Call Number

On Order



Updating a classic edition of a literary classic, Martin Gardner combines the notes from his 1959 and 1990 editions with new discoveries and additions from his extensive knowledge of the text and the period and with a few more contemporary drawings by John Tenniel. Notes in the wide margins identify characters and events that Carroll (1832-98) lampooned in his famous work of fantasy, and compare some of his earlier or other passages. He includes a selected bibliography and a list of movie adaptations. Cited in Books for College Libraries, 3d ed. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Author Notes

Charles Luthwidge Dodgson was born in Daresbury, England on January 27, 1832. He became a minister of the Church of England and a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was the author, under his own name, of An Elementary Treatise on Determinants, Symbolic Logic, and other scholarly treatises.

He is better known by his pen name of Lewis Carroll. Using this name, he wrote Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. He was also a pioneering photographer, and he took many pictures of young children, especially girls, with whom he seemed to empathize. He died on January 14, 1898.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

A welcome, greatly expanded third edition of Gardner's beloved critical edition of Carroll's Victorian fairy tales. One of the longest ongoing love affairs in literature has to be that between Gardner, a prolific, popular writer on math and science, and Carroll's ostensible children's tales, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. With a dedication rare even among scholars, Gardner has tracked down origins and meanings of the wordplay and mathematical puzzles the sly Carroll embedded in his texts. He has also researched Charles Dodgson's life and illuminated the two stories' sly parody of high Victorian culture. This new volume combines the notes from The Annotated Alice (1960) and More Annotated Alice (1990) with Gardner's latest discoveries, offering both ardent fans of Carroll's work and newcomers a chance to read the texts in the light of Gardner's labors. The result is rather like sitting in on the creation of a work of art; the manner in which the shy mathematician and tutor Dodgson poured everything that fascinated him (children's games, chess, mathematical riddles and logic, an amused view of Victorian literature and society) into the work by his alter ego Carroll is illuminated through Gardner's lucid and copious notes. They run in a narrow (and surprisingly unobtrusive) column accompanying Carroll's text on each page, turning the book into a fluid mix of Carroll and Gardner. The illustrations, by John Tenniel, also provide fertile ground for Gardner's commentary. The notes are so clear, enthusiastic, and helpful that it is now hard to imagine Carroll without Gardner. A unique collaboration has produced, for once, a book that lives up to its name. As close to a definitive take on a classic work as anyone is likely to come.

Library Journal Review

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland comes this deluxe edition of Gardner's The Annotated Alice (1960), with updates from Burstein (president emeritus, Lewis Carroll Soc. of North America). This book updates the Definitive Edition (1999), which combined and corrected the aforementioned 1960 edition and More Annotated Alice (1990), bringing together the texts of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and the suppressed "Wasp in a Wig." Included are Gardner's introductions to these and the Knight Letter annotations, plus Carroll's published writings on the books. Also provided are updated selections on Lewis Carroll societies and Alice-related films. The book is richly illustrated with many illustrations in color and black-and-white from Tenniel and Harry Furniss to recent contributions by Iassen Ghiuselev and Iain McCaig. Gardner's notes, a work of deep love and wide scholarship, range from explanations of references, puns, inside jokes, riddles, and other word play to miniessays on chess problems, subsequent interpretations, and references to Alice. All are insightful without being either pedantic or dogmatic. VERDICT By far the best and most attractive edition of Alice for reader and scholar alike.-Thomas L. Cooksey, formerly with Armstrong Atlantic State Univ., Savannah © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

David Schaefer
Preface to the Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alicep. xi
Introduction to The Annotated Alicep. xiii
Introduction to More Annotated Alicep. xxiii
Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandp. 3
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found Therep. 129
The Wasp in a Wigp. 275
Original Pencil Sketches by Tennielp. 299
A Note about Lewis Carroll Societiesp. 303
Selected Referencesp. 305
Alice on the Screenp. 309