Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
Carroll’s most beloved fantasies appear here in full, unabridged form, accompanied by 85 vintage illustrations by John Tenniel from the original 1865 and 1872 editions. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland chronicles the events that follow after Alice chases a White Rabbit dressed in a waistcoat down a rabbit hole and into the fantastic kingdom of Wonderland. Here, Alice meets creatures armed with uncanny and often bewildering logic, from the hookah-smoking caterpillar to the grinning Cheshire Cat; all the way to the delightfully zany mad Hatter and the melancholy Mock Turtle. As she winds her way through Wonderland, encountering poetry and wordplay galore, Alice crosses paths with the terrible Queen of Hearts and wonders if and how she will ever get home.
In the sequel, Through the Looking Glass, Alice escapes from her mundane existence at home and enters again into a world of wonder. Immediately she becomes a Pawn for the White Queen in a colossal chess match! As Alice races to the Eighth Square to be crowned Queen herself, she is helped and hindered by a variety of colorful characters. She meets quarrelsome brothers Tweedledee and Tweedledum, tangles with talking flowers and bizarre insects, and is aided by Humpty Dumpty in solving the mystery surrounding the dreaded Jabberwocky. Ultimately, Alice is sped on her way by the eccentric White Knight, only to find herself the guest of honor at a coronation party that quickly becomes too much to handle.
Lewis Carroll is a pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898). He was educated at Richmond School in Yorkshire, Rugby School, and Christ Church Oxford. From 1855 to 1881 he was a mathematical lecturer at Oxford, where he was a somewhat eccentric and withdrawn character.
His most famous works are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland published in 1865 and the sequel Through the Looking Glass, which appeared in 1872. These books grew out of a story which the author told to Alice Liddell and her two sisters, children of Henry George Liddell the Dean of Christ Church. He wrote many other nonsense poems and books as well as mathematical works which appeared under both his own name and his pseudonym.