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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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