Archive for February 17th, 2010

17
Feb
10

Malice in Kulturland

Malice in Kulturland by Horace Wyatt.

Illustrations by W. Tell.

Published by The Car Illustrated, 1914.

Hardback: brown boards with pictorial onlay, this copy has a damaged spine, but this seems to be fairly typical for this book. No dust jacket: I’m not sure if it ever had one?

This is an anti-war Alice parody, with references to the Kaiser and events of the first year of the 1914-1918 conflict. The illustrations are close parodies of the Tenniel originals.

There’s plenty of verse, including a version of Jabberwocky:

‘Twas dertag, and the slithy Huns
Did sturm and sturgel through the sludge;
All bulgeous were the blunderguns,
And the bosch bombs outbludge

Beware the Ulsterman, my son—
The jaws that bite at kin and kith;
Because the Carsonclan, and shun
The frumious Ridersmith…

…‘And is the Kaiserhog at large?
Then show him to your blarney boy!
Oh, frabjous day! Hurroo! Hurray!’
They chortled in their joy.

You can buy both the original version:MALICE IN KULTURLAND, and a modern reprint: Malice in Kulturland

I bought my copy on abebooks.

17
Feb
10

Frankie in Wonderland

Frankie in Wonderland by A Tory.

Published by E. P. Dutton & Co., 1934.

Soft back pamphlet with no illustrations.

“With apologies to Lewis Carroll, the originator and pre-historian of the New Deal”.

An attack on the ‘New Deal’ as an Alice parody, with Franklin D Roosevelt as our Alice: the New Deal being his economic policies from 1933 to 1937.

Dedicated:

“To the American Eagle, that noble bird, before it was painted blue and turned into a Soviet Duck”.

Sometimes available on amazon: Frankie in Wonderland: With Apologies to Lewis Carroll, the Originator and Pre-Historian of the New Deal

17
Feb
10

Alix in Academe

Alix in Academe by Jeanne Purdy.

Published by Creative Arts Book Company, 2000

Softback, no illustrations.

ISBN: 0887392458

A satire on US college life. Alix, looking for a college to attend, is touring a 6th campus in a rural setting. Dozing off in an assembly, she tumbles down a chute into a new wonderland: with bats in the belfry, marbles rolling about the floors and the Mad Hatter singing a song of lament as an assistant professor. During her journey, she gains confidence until she creates her own major…

Jeanne Purdy is a lecturer in Humanities and Women’s Studies in the States.

My copy is an old library book, so is a bit tatty.

Available on amazon: Alix in Academe Mine was bought through abebooks.

17
Feb
10

Mad With Wonder

Hatter M Vol. 2: Mad With Wonder by Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier.

Art by Sami Makkonen

Automatic Pictures Publishing, 2009. Softback.

Graphic novel in the Looking Glass Wars series.

Product description:

It’s a mad, mad, mad world as Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s maniacal quest to find Alyss continues! In Volume 2, Mad With Wonder, Hatter follows the Glow from London to the battlefields of America’s Civil War in search of the Princess who must some day be Queen. The America that Hatter encounters is a sprawling, wounded, boiling landscape of innocence and energy run amok. The war is tearing the country apart, yet Hatter must maintain his sanity in this maelstrom of holy rollers, child healers, prophetic snake handlers, deranged outlaws, and passionate southern belles. As Hatter searches he learns he is not the only Wonderland presence that has found its way to the Promised Land. Queen Redd’s black imagination is fueling the Civil War and threatening our world with her evil!

The book includes Hatter Madigan’s adventures in Victorian London, an insane asylum and the American Civil War: and he’s not the only Wonderland character who ends up there…

Available on amazon: Hatter M Volume 2: Mad With Wonder




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