Archive for January 26th, 2010

26
Jan
10

Alice’s Misadventures Underground

Alice’s Misadventure’s Underground by Bradley E. Craddock. iUniverse 2006. Paperback.

ISBN: 0595403867

Sort of a ‘parallel Alice’- the conceit is that a manuscript has been found after lying for years in an attic:  it seems to mean that Lewis Carroll plagiarised all the ideas behind Alice, and effectively destroyed the original author, Lewis C. Swanson:

Scholars now contend that Swanson is the original author of Carroll’s masterpiece, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The tragic victim of Carroll’s plagiarizing, Swanson committed literary suicide in 1865 and died in absolute obscurity. Swanson finally earns his place in the annals of literature with this new English translation of the original story. Painstaking research has gone into annotating the lost manuscript, proving, once and for all, that Swanson was the original author of the famous work attributed to Carroll.

It looks like quite good fun on first scan- has a feel of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the writing- but I have yet to read the whole thing. Sometime I like to read stuff other than Alice, and so I get behind… ;)

No pictures apart from the foul front cover.

Bought on Amazon: Alice’s Misadventures Underground: The Complete Annotated Oxford Text

26
Jan
10

Alternative Alices

Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ Books by Carolyn Sigler. Published by the University Press of Kentucky, 1997. Paperback 8vo.

ISBN: 0813109329

Amazon: Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ Books

A collection of twenty ‘responses’ to the Alice books between 1869 and 1930: the editor suggests that the numbers of Alice parodies declined after this, but my collection still seems to include plenty…

Anyway: from the publisher:

In the decades following the publication of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, male and female writers on both sides of the Atlantic, radicals as well as conservatives, produced no fewer than 200 imitations, revisions, and parodies of Carroll’s fantasies for children. In this delightful anthology, Carolyn Sigler gathers twenty of the most interesting and original of these responses to the Alice books, many of them long out of print. Alternately satiric, enchanting, experimental, and subversive, these Alice-inspired works reveal how variously Carroll’s books were read, reinscribed, and resisted in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Anyone who has ever followed Alice down the rabbit hole will enjoy the adventures of her literary siblings in the wide Wonderland of the human imagination.

The book mentions, among others, E. Nesbit, Tom Hood, Anna M. Richards, E.F. Benson, Charles E. Carryl, Christina Rosetti, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Saki.

And I’m shocked after looking at this book some years after I bought it: I have now got a fair few of them. It was invaluable when I started collecting. It’s sometimes difficult to search for Alice spoofs/ parodies: some have neither ‘Alice’ nor ‘wonderland’ in the title. Not much help on Google…




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