Posts Tagged ‘alice spoof



05
Jun
11

Alice in Rankbustland/ Lost in the Bungle

Lost in the Bungle, with apologies to Lewis Carroll. With an introduction by the Hon. John C. Knox.

Author Edwin M. Otterbourg.

Published in 1933 by Country Life Press. 8vo, hardback black cloth stamped in gilt. No dustjacket.

This edition is titled as Lost in the Bungle but it includes the earlier Rankbustland (1923) as an appendix.

Edwin M. Otterbourg, a trial and appellate lawyer with had a particular interest in legal ethics, co-founded the firm of Otterbourg Steindler & Houston in New York City in 1909.

This is apparently “A satire on alleged abuses in the administration of the American Bankruptcy act”, but I’m not sure what that means…

05
Jun
11

Alice in Plunderland

Alice in Plunderland by Bernard Benson.

Subtitled:

A Down to Earth Book for Politicians and Economists… and Especially Their “Clients”. That is All of Us…

Published by The Minstrel Publishing Company 1978. Hardback with dustjacket.

Signed and numbered 1,475 of 5,000.

According to the cover notes, the book:

spreads out before our eyes a lucid picture of the world which we and our leaders between us have created.

..but I can’t possibly comment as I haven’t managed to wade through it. It’s all done in 4 colour cartoons with handwritten text, and seems to be ‘Alice does politics’. I haven’t even managed to read enough to decide what sort of politics it is.

Bought via abebooks, where all the current copies seem to be in Germany. You might be lucky and find on on amazon: Alice in Plunderland

23
May
11

All Us Through the Magnifying Glass

All Us Through the Magnifying Glass by B. Leslie Barker.

Tenniel illustrations.

Published in 1955, W. Ruddock & Sons Ltd.

This is a pre-publication copy as far as I can make out: there’s a note inside the front cover that says

‘Leslie from Leslie. not for publication until the executive permit 20.12.54′

Rather than a book, this is a pamphlet written as a tribute to the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain.

There’s even one of my favourite things- a Jabberwocky parody:

‘Twas Congress, and the quarter perfs
Did gyre and gimble on the gauge:
All braisil were the oeil de boeufs,
And bomba heads outrage

Alice’s name has been changed to Aniline, but several of the other characters are there. A fun little thing.

21
May
11

Adolf in Blunderland

Adolf in Blunderland, by James Dyrenforth and Max Kester.

Illustrated by Norman Mansbridge.

Published by Frederick Muller 1939.

First edition. 8vo, in pictorial boards. No dust jacket.

Based on the authors’ radio play produced by the BBC.

The front cover shows Neville Chamberlain as the caterpillar, looking down from the mushroom on Hitler as a small boy. Plenty of other illustrations.

Norman Mansbridge was born in Wanstead (a local boy!) on 22nd July 1911. He attended Heatherley’s School of Art in London and spent his first professional years working in advertising before becoming a freelance cartoonist, contributing his first drawing to Punch Magazine in 1937. In September 1955 he became the only cartoonist to have had eight colour pages in a single issue of Punch.

He died in 1993.

Bought on abebooks for £25. There are usually a few around on Amazon too: Adolf in Blunderland

18
May
11

Alice in Welfareland

Alice in Welfareland by Christopher Gilmore.

Cover illustration by Alex Jackson.

Paperback published by Robin Books, 2007.

ISBN-10: 1904843328

ISBN-13: 978-1904843320

From the publisher/ author:

1984! Curious Alice, lost in a forest, falls down a rabbit-hole at Warren Row. Saved before Humpty Dumpty’s fall and an apparent nuclear accident Alice, to stretch herself, encourages many alarming adventures under ground.

Nothing is as it seems. Even though some of the quaint characters suggest the original Lewis Carroll, others sit within spitting (image) distance of well-known personages in the Blue Dome. With The Queen, Margaret Thatcher, Hitler and the Boss of Ofsted as Humpty Dumpty…!

State welfare shortcomings are parodied as are the hippy ideals of the Survivalists in their reclaimed nuclear bunkers. Alice is challenged by the sub-terrestrial squatters. Also by the psychic Humphrey, the plump computer buff for whom she falls. Together, they try to outwit the wicked Police Commissioner before he grabs the Vril Rod of Power held by King Kal of the Underworld, in Rainbow Mountain.

Breathless safaris in and out of time and space flourish as different forms of Alice are chased by giant eye-less Grossocks, battered by Pubes, mangled by an astral Alchemist, befriended by dwarfs in the Flying Flute, entombed in a shrinking Pyramid, the final battle raging around the helpless Alice.

Warfare finally confronts Welfare as the Scars V Saffs try to annihilate each other, augmented by earthquakes, radiation leaks and occult weapons. Will Alice and Humphrey make it? And before Alice, the amazing Time Traveler, meets her stam-m-ering little girl admirer, that tall storyteller on Oxford’s riverbank, Charles L. Dodgson…?

Further effervescent questions are explored in this exciting and funny new novel faction.

Christopher Gilmore’s website here.
Available on Amazon: Alice in Welfareland

16
May
11

Alec’s Adventures in Railwayland

Alec’s adventures in Railwayland by L. T. C. Rolt Published 1964 by Ian Allan (London).

Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt (1910–1974) was the biographer of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Thomas Telford. He was an enthusiast for both vintage cars and heritage railways.

This is a satirical look at Dr. Beeching’s reforms written as an Alice sequel.  A very sweet little pamphlet of a book, with illustrations by Margaret Calvert.

New characters include:

  • Alec- the adventurer
  • The Mad Porter
  • The Dip Tech
  • The Pro
  • The Graphon
  • The Icy King
  • Familiar characters include the Tweedles and the Dormouse.

    46 pages, softback, stapled.
    Sometimes available on amazon: Alec’s adventures in Railwayland

    30
    Apr
    11

    Alice in Blunderland

    Alice in Blunderland: How to Save Billions of Dollars Without Even Trying by Jack Anderson with John Kidner.

    Illustrations by Tom Ramey.

    Published by Acropolis Books Inc (April 1983). Hardback first edition with dustjacket. It’s an old library copy so has assorted stamps and stickers.

    ISBN: 0874914485

    From the dustjacket:

    Join modern day Alice in her zany misadventures in Blunderland (aka Washington, D.C.) as she meets bizarre bureaucrats and discovers the true meaning of the acronyms that enshroud us all.

    Jack Northman Anderson (1922 – 2005) was an American newspaper columnist, considered one of the fathers of modern investigative journalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972.

    Here’s Alice meeting the Official Wordsmith:

    Available on Amazon: Alice in Blunderland (paperback)




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