Posts Tagged ‘alice parody

10
Jan
13

Blue Alice

scan0041Blue Alice: A Trip Through a Sexual Wonderland by Jackson Short.

Paperback. Published by Dell, 1972. First printing.

Alice seems to be a popular subject for ‘adult’ interpretations. The back cover of this book says “”Once upon a time there was a wee sexy miss named Alice”.

From the blurb:

Curiouser and curiouser!

Poor Alice. First there was the White Hophead who led her astray… then Timothy J. Caterpillar, the psychedelic guru with his unusual methods of instruction… then General March O’Hare and General Mad Anthony Hatter, both wigged out of their skulls on Hanoi Gold… then Tricky Dick Cheshire, who was willing to do anything to make everyone, and especially Alice, love him… then Horatio H. Humpty, who gets his kicks with his ever ready mouth… next came the White Knight of New York, who liked it best on horseback… and the Red Queen, who showed Alice a new way to a woman’s heart,,,

Yes indeed, things were getting curiouser and curiouser for Alice- and the worst, and best, was yet to come…

Fantastic 1970’s stylee cover art…

02
Jan
13

Alicia in Blunderland

scan0001Alicia in Blunderland by Peter Schuyler Miller. Introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.

Small hardback with dustjacket, Published by Oswald Train, 1983. First edition. Number 112 of 500.

Dust jacket art by Stephen E. Fabian.

P. Schuyler Miller (1912-1974) was an American critic and science fiction writer. In 1933 he wrote Alicia in Blunderland: publishing it serially in Science Fiction Digest magazine under the byline ‘Nihil”. This book brings the episodes together in a limited format along with an introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (1910-2003), another American SciFi writer.

Alicia meets characters and writers of science fiction of the period.

Bought in Marchpane Books, Cecil Court.

Available on Amazon: Alicia in Blunderland

06
Nov
11

Alice in Dreamland

Alice in Dreamland by Seymour Lyman.

Published by Lyman & Curtiss, 1882.

First edition. 4to. Paper covers, all a bit tatty and very fragile. I’m scared to take it out of its protective bag, but I think I really ought to scan the whole thing before it disintegrates…

I can’t find out anything about this one-this is what the listing on abebooks said:

There are fourteen pages within including six full page color plates (one double page) for this imaginative story in verse that takes Alice around the world. This title not in Lovett; not in Library of Congress; and not listed in oclc. In fact, lc only shows one entry for this publisher and it seems likely that the Seymour Lyman author is also the Lyman of the publisher. They also seemed to have published a few games around the same time (circa 1882) so probably they were a short-lived enterprise that did some interesting work and then went on with their lives? All in all, probably an unrecorded Alice parody that is really fun.

Bought from Jo Ann Reisler Ltd via abebooks.

01
Oct
11

Alice in Womanland

Alice in Womanland or The Feminine Mistake by Margaret Bennett: a pseudonym for Barbara Toohey and June Biermann.

Published by Prentice-Hall, 1967. Hardback with dustjacket.

A ‘satirical overview of the condition of the American woman’. There’s a nice little article about it here.

Chapters include “The Housewife Drink Me,” The Career Drink Me,” The Art Patroness Drink Me,” “The Motherhood Drink Me” and “The Playmate Drink Me.”

Toohey and Biermann’s other books range from travel (From Baedeker to Worse) to sports (skiing and biking), but when Biermann became diabetic, they began writing about that (The Peripatetic Diabetic: Good Health, Good Times, and Good Food for the Diabetic Who Wants to Have It All). And when Biermann suffered a stroke, they wrote about the life and experiences of sufferer and carer (The Stroke Book: A Guide to Life After Stroke for Survivors and Those Who Care for Them).

Available on Amazon: Alice in Womanland ~ Or The Feminine Mistake

26
Jun
11

Alice and the Space Telescope

Alice and the Space Telescope by Malcolm Longair, with forward by Nobel Prizewinner Riccardo Giacconi. Published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

4to hardcover with dustjacket. First edition.

ISBN: 0-8018-2831-7

The book explains and discusses some of the things going on in astrophysics from the time of the launch of the Hubble telescope, and yet still manages to be funny at the same time.

It makes me think of The Big Bang Theory. I wonder what Sheldon would make of it?

There’s also a rewrite of Jabberwocky, which is always good value… even if the scansion is a little off…

Twas brillig and the slithy toves/Brought plans of telescopes fair to see./ The Jabberwock, he clapped his hands/And said, ‘That’s just for me.

Loads of pictures- some of Tenniel’s, various graphs and scientific diagrams, and photos.

Available via amazon: Alice and the Space Telescope, but mine was a present. Thanks Iain!

15
Jun
11

Alice in Motorland

Alice in Motorland by Horace M. Wyatt. Illustrated by Charles R. Sykes.

Published in 1904, by The Car-Illustrated Ltd: ‘The Car Magazine Series No. 1′. Hardback, clothbound boards.

Introducing such characters as The Marks Hare, The Mad Chaffa and the Suburban Dog; along with old friends like the White Knight and Rabbit.

1904 seems very early to be writing Alice adventures featuring motor cars: she’s obviously a modern girl. She looks very ‘Railway Children’ in her ribboned bonnet on the front cover.

Charles Sykes (1875-1950) was a British artist and sculptor who was responsible for the Spirit of Ecstasy- the Rolls Royce winged mascot.

Horace Wyatt was also responsible for Malice in Kulturland.

Available on Amazon: ALICE IN MOTORLAND

12
Jun
11

alice in thunderland

Alice in Thunderland: A Feminist Fairytale by Maeve Kelly. Published 1993 by Attic. ?First edition paperback? ISBN: 1-85594-081-7

Cover illustration by Trina Mahon.

Alice (a native of Harmony land) travels through Thunderland, run by the memblies. They rule over the femblies, who don’t ask questions, and believe that too much thinking makes your brain turn to feathers…

My copy has a biro dedication on first page, and also a bookcrossing label inside as it was a gift from a bookcrossing friend. Thanks, Esther!

I do love the front cover with the Alice in DMs. Good choice for tromping about in an alternative world, I reckon.

Available on amazon: Alice in Thunderland (Fairytales for Feminists)




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