Posts Tagged ‘1982

15
Jun
11

Alice’s Adventures in Jurisprudencia

Alice’s Adventures in Jurisprudencia by Peter F. Sloss.

Illustrated by Sally Richardson in nice imitation of Tenniel’s style.

Published by Borogrove Press 1982, softback, signed by author.

ISBN: 096082460X

In the book, a modern-day, grown up Alice, is unwinding after a long day at her lawyer’s office when she falls asleep in front of the television, and finds herself in Jurisprudencia, a  wonderland type world filled with some old friends, plus not a few pedantic lawyers. Sloss is an attorney, so I suspect he knows whereof he speaks…

He apparently got the idea after hearing a judge say:

“If words had absolute and constant referents, it might be possible to discover contractual intention in the words themselves and in the manner in which they were arranged. Words, however, do not have absolute and constant referents.”

This reminded him of Humpty’s pronouncement that…

When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.’ ‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’ ‘The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master—that’s all.’

There’s an appendix containing cited cases at the back, too…

Amazon: Alice’s adventures in Jurisprudencia

13
Mar
11

Beyond the Looking Glass: Reflections of Alice and Her Family

Beyond the Looking Glass: Reflections of Alice and Her Family: by Colin Gordon.

Published by Hodder & Stoughton: hardback 1st edition with dustjacket (1 Oct 1982).

246pp plus bibliography, acknowledgements and an index. Lots of illustrations and photographs both in colour and black and white.

The story of Alice Liddell (the child for whom Dodgson first told the Alice story on the river in Oxford) and her family told through materials from a “treasure-trove” of records discovered in the playroom of a house in rural Gloucestershire.

Picked up in Jane Gibberd Secondhand Books on Lower Marsh, London for £6.

I really think Alice looks like Geraldine James in the photo on the cover….

Available on amazon: Beyond the Looking Glass: Reflections of Alice and Her Family




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