The Annotated Alice

The Annotated Alice

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-glass

Book - 2015
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Celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland comes this richly illustrated and expanded collector's edition of Martin Gardner's The Annotated Alice .
First appearing in 1960, The Annotated Alice became an instant classic by, among other things, decoding the wordplay and mathematical riddles embedded within Lewis Carroll's masterpiece. As a result, Martin Gardner's groundbreaking work went on to sell over a million copies, establishing the modest math genius as one of our foremost Carroll scholars. Now, on the sesquicentennial of Alice's 1865 publication, comes this deluxe edition that combines all Gardner's annotations with updates from his Knight Letter columns and correspondence with leading Carrollian experts. This gorgeous edition also includes over 100 new color and black-and-white illustrations, including images by Salvador Dalí and Barry Moser, which complement the original John Tenniel art. With close cooperation from the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and an introduction by its president emeritus, Mark Burstein, this authorized edition perfectly celebrates the legacy of both Martin Gardner and Lewis Carroll.
Publisher: New York, New York :, W.W. Norton & Company, Inc,, 2015, ©2015.
Edition: 150th anniversary deluxe edition.
ISBN: 9780393245431
Branch Call Number: 823 CAR G 2015
Characteristics: xlvi, 364 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 27 cm

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humbleworm
Oct 07, 2018

I found I was just reading the forewards and fascinating footnotes. The extensive annotations will distract you from properly enjoying the actual novels if you have not already read them but once you have done so, if you feel compelled to own them, this is the definitive edition to have.

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scribby
Jul 31, 2018

When I read the Alice books as a kid, I thought they were funny in places but generally a little weird. When I re-read them in high school, I thought they were hilarious. Then, reading this as an adult, I could understand even more of the humor as well as some of the philosophical discussions. I recommend these books to others now, but always with the caveat: find the annotated version!

This particular edition of the annotated version is spectacular, with scores of illustrations by John Tenniel (the originals), Lewis Carroll himself, Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Salvador Dali, and many others (many of the pictures resemble the original "Oz" illustrations because of the "art nouveau" style that was so popular slightly after Lewis Carroll's time; others look like trippy 1970's rock album art; still others are classic "storybook" images). Hidden in the text is also a small photograph of the original Alice, age seven, for whom the books were written.

By the way, the German version of "Jabberwocky" simply needs to be recited over and over; and (everybody probably already knows this) the original stories have very little to do with the Tim Burton movies, though the Disney is a little closer.

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jordanbriskin
Jul 28, 2018

Having grown up with Walt Disney's animated take on the stories, I only first read the original material- in this annotated form, no less- a few years ago. And I found that the annotations helped me to better understand the various references peppered throughout. (I do wish, however, that each footnote could have stayed on the page where it appears, instead of continuing on to another; it gets very distracting...)

A fun, light-hearted, and somewhat trippy read. I love how you just fall into Alice's vivid dreams of unusual characters and crazy exotic worlds. Fun and brilliant.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Aug 02, 2015

Having never read the Alice books but seen so many screen adaptations this was a very interesting read for me. I see this as one of the first books published for kids but with an underlying complexity to make it enjoyable for adults as well. Martin Gardner's annotations bring the history and intricacies to life creating a very rich experience and introduction into the Carrollian world. It's well laid out though there are some times when the footnotes exceed the story and some page flipping is involved but it's minimal and completely worthwhile. Also, the inclusion of Tenniel's detailed illustrations completes the presentation though I wish they could have been a bit larger for a closer inspection.

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rplohmann
Apr 19, 2012

Alice bears many readings, with always a surprise awaiting the next perusal. How this creation works as a book with appeal both to children and to adults is a marvel.

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Siliverien
Apr 29, 2011

Why does it have to be ANNOTATED?!! I can't find the original book!

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AdrienneC
Aug 09, 2005

Looking for a French or German translation of the poem Jabberwocky? Need to know how many of John Tenniel''s illustrations are caricatures of real people? Wondering who the real Alice was? Look no further: Martin Gardner''s THE ANNOTATED ALICE (definitive edition) will answer any and every question you could have on Lewis Carroll''s ALICE IN WONDERLAND and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. This beautiful edition includes the full text of both books, plus all of the original Tenniel illustrations. Extensive footnotes augment and explain the pictures and text, to a dizzying level of detail. A must-read for any fan of the Alice books.

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