- Series: Junior classics
- Hardcover: 351 pages
- Publisher: Bramhalll House (1960)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0517029626
- ISBN-13: 978-0517029626
- ASIN: B0000CKM1V
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4,215 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures In Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass, Illustrated By John Tenniel Hardcover – Import, 1960
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The Annotated Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland [&] Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll; illustrated by John Tenniel; with an introduction and notes by Martin Gardner.
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.
Many incidents – from the moves in the chess game in ‘Through the Looking Glass’ to a learned answer to the riddle, “why is a raven like a writing desk,” to what was the original model of the Cheshire Cat, or a marvelous French version of the famous Jabberwocky poem – all are made the subject of a small but delightful and erudite essay that will delight the reader with new knowledge and widen his understanding.
The Introduction explains general matters such as the various Freudian examinations of Carroll and Alice, as well as the story of how the books originated. In this handsome and authoritative volume, one of the classics of the language is presented in a way that will continue to surprise and delight its readers for many years.
Editor Martin Gardner (1914-2010) was the author of more than sixty books, including the 'Mathematical Games and Recreations' series.
Top Customer Reviews
My point is that this book contributed more to my understanding of logic and wordplay than several semesters of college philosophy classes. If you've read this far then I am probably preaching to the choir but 'Alice in Wonderland' can hardly be classified as a childrens' book, dispite Disney's attempts to do so. The concepts Lewis Carroll and Martin Gardner bring to this tale cover such areas as set theory, meta-language, Aristotelian logic, topography, game theory, several pre-Socratic logic paradoxes, and even quantum physics. Yet John Tenniel's original illustrations remain as an welcome tether to the original publication.
Gardner does a wonderful job of bringing all the various aspects of these two stories together as he illuminates layer upon layer of meaning that might not be evident to an American audience or, for that matter, a 21st century one. My favorite gems are the French and German translations of The Jabberwocky.
This book ranks in my top five favorite books of all time.
Martin Gardner provides annotations throughout the texts of both Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Gardner's annotations help explain the inside jokes and mathematical and linguistic puzzles that fill the stories.
Reading the Alice books as an adult is quite a different experience than it was as a child. The books' complexity really stands out on a careful reading. In fact, what are generally regarded as children's stories can be amazingly frustrating to read due to the complexity of the language and the almost constant stream of puns that are sometimes lost on modern audiences. One must remember that the stories are told purely for fun. Unlike other Victorian children's literature one gets no morals, plot development, or character development here. Alice is a yound child who stays a young child throughout her adventures. She neither matures or learns anything from her adventures.
This is a very nice volume in its own right. It contains complete authoritative texts of both books and includes the supressed episode "The Wasp in the Wig." The original Tenniel illustrations are crisp and clear. The only difficulty is that the annotations are placed on the same page as the text in a small column that sometimes supplies more information than the text itself. The annotations themselves range from the definitional to the clearly eccentric. One can read all of them or only the ones that he or she is interested in.
On the whole this is an excellent volume well worth the effort to read if one has any interest in the world of nonsense literature.