- 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: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4,751 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,340 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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This edition published by Bramhall House, a division of Clarkson N. Potter, Inc.
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.
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This was an E book purchase, and one of the best I have made. I was pleasantly surprised with how well this was formatted. I am a huge fan of the Alice in Wonderland collection, and this set is complete with all four books. I was thrilled that Alice Underground (the original manuscript) was included. The classic illustrations only add more charm to what has been an endearing classic for years. I would absolutely love to have this set in hardback.
In the former book, Alice enters the alternate world by tumbling down the rabbit hole and in the later she does so by stepping through a mirror (i.e. a looking-glass.) Each of these books follows Alice from her entry into the alternate reality, through a series of adventures, and then back to the real world.
Not much of a review is necessary because even though—given you are reading a review—you probably haven’t read the books yet, you will be familiar with many of the characters and references from widespread appearance in pop culture. I already mentioned the tumble down the rabbit hole, as does Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) in “The Matrix.” That movie also references chasing the white rabbit, as does a famous song by Grace Slick. You’ve also probably seen or heard references to the grin of the Cheshire Cat and the frenetic behavior of the Mad Hatter. “Through the Looking-Glass” features several well-known characters from English nursery rhymes (e.g. Tweedledee & Tweedledum as well as Humpty Dumpty.)
It’s also not so important to get into plot because the stories are purposefully chaotic and exist in a world of loose logic. The strings of causality are not so strong, but it’s on purpose. It’s supposed to be a strange and surreal world, and it achieves great success in this regard. Events don’t have to make sense; they just have to be imaginable. This doesn’t mean that there is no flow or transitions between the adventures in these books. There is. It’s more easily recognized in “Through the Looking-Glass” in which a game of chess provides an underlying structure for the unfolding of events.
I’d recommend everybody read these books. While I referred to them as “children’s books,” I also agree with Neil Gaiman’s point that that is a nonsense term. So one shouldn’t think one missed the boat and there is no going back.
Furthermore, considering it contains both books, plus the excellent Hunting of the Snark, it is a fantastic price.
However, there are still some glaring mistakes, such as some formatting bugs in a few of the poems and spelling errors in places (such as at the start of Looking Glass, where some of the Ls are replaced with 1s - I guess a scanner did the 'writing here').
5 stars for the great price and superior formatting over the other options. -1 star for the glaring lack of proof reading from the publisher.
I confess almost all books I buy for the Kindle are works for which I already have a paper copy, sometimes two, if it is a translation. I buy the Kindle editions in order to easily search for particular quotes and passages. These passages I commonly paste into writings I do on the Bible, and Lewis Carroll's works are some of my favorites, behind Shakespeare and Plato.
I mention all this because unlike many other books, this edition is actually better for reading than it is for the purpose I just mentioned, because it does not have the pagination which would enable one to refer back to the original copy. In most Kindle books, you can locate the printed page number by doing a query on a word on that page. That's a bit hokey, but that's what you have to do. That trick does not work on this edition. Rules for scholarly source citations have not yet caught up with editions which are formatted especially for the Kindle.
But for reading, the Kindle converters got two things very right. First, the edition has all of Sir John Tenniel's drawings. They didn't even spoil them by having them colorized, even thoughh the thumbnail picture in the Amazon header is colored. Second, formatting for poetry loses absolutely nothing as the size of the page or font is changed. This is especially important for that unique example of "concrete poetry", "A Mouse's Tale" which appears in chapter III.