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clara in blunderland

Clara in Blunderland by Caroline Lewis. Published by William Heinemann, 1902.

Fifth and seventh impressions. Cloth hardback, 12mo.

I have two copies of this, and have managed to read neither. I know it was written by Harold Begbie and J. Stafford Ransome (together under the pseudonym of Caroline Lewis) as a satire on British involvement in the Boer war, especially at the failure of the government to resolve the conflict, but as I know very little about the war, the parody passes way over my head.

The illustrations are credited to S.R., and I believe they were the work of the J. Stafford Ransome part of the partnership. They echo the Tenniels, but look like political caricatures: again, my lack of historical knowledge lets me down: I don’t know who they are. Any suggestions welcome- might Clara be Balfour??

There is a sequel: Lost in Blunderland, which I don’t own. Yet…

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4 Responses to “clara in blunderland”


  1. March 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Clara is Balfour. I’m about to publish a new edition, which will give some more information. (Not an annotated version, though.)

  2. March 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    The publication process has begun. By the end of next week at the latest Clara in Blunderland will be available!

    I’ve made a start on Lost in Blunderland as well. Needs a good proofing though.


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