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Alice in Genderland: Reflections on Language, Power and Control

Alice in Genderland: Reflections on Language, Power and Control by various- the Language and Gender Working Party. Published 1985 by the National Association for the Teaching of English.

Paperback first edition.

ISBN: 0901291013

A collection of articles with titles such as ” A Woman’s World”, Innocence and Experience: The Politics of Gender and Sexual Experience”  and “Tampax and Flowers”, all prefixed with a suitable selection from the Alice books, and with a (rather good) parody of a Tenniel illustration.

On amazon here: Alice in Genderland: Reflections on Language, Power and Control


Exeunt Alice

Exeunt Alice by ‘Lewis Carroll’ and Kevin Sweeney. Published by Black Rainbow Press, 2008. Paperback, no illustrations.

ISBN: 0955693810

Claiming to be Lewis Carroll’s ‘third and final book’, this is of course, nothing of the kind. The author himself says here:

…this book is “metafictional”, a fiction about a fiction presented as fact. Carroll’s name is attached to it because the conceit is that it is a “discovered” first draft written at the end of his life. It was written as a homage to the Alice books, and as a sort of psychological portrait of Carroll (albeit not a “photo realistic” portrait; sick to death of him being portrayed as a drug fiend or a paedophile, I sought to look at his religious beliefs as the fuel for his creative energy.) I love the Alice books, and having read some brilliant continuations of her adventures, I hoped to write something that would be as much as a tribute as other (more talented) writers before me have written.


Alice’s Misadventures Underground

Alice’s Misadventure’s Underground by Bradley E. Craddock. iUniverse 2006. Paperback.

ISBN: 0595403867

Sort of a ‘parallel Alice’- the conceit is that a manuscript has been found after lying for years in an attic:  it seems to mean that Lewis Carroll plagiarised all the ideas behind Alice, and effectively destroyed the original author, Lewis C. Swanson:

Scholars now contend that Swanson is the original author of Carroll’s masterpiece, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The tragic victim of Carroll’s plagiarizing, Swanson committed literary suicide in 1865 and died in absolute obscurity. Swanson finally earns his place in the annals of literature with this new English translation of the original story. Painstaking research has gone into annotating the lost manuscript, proving, once and for all, that Swanson was the original author of the famous work attributed to Carroll.

It looks like quite good fun on first scan- has a feel of the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in the writing- but I have yet to read the whole thing. Sometime I like to read stuff other than Alice, and so I get behind… ;)

No pictures apart from the foul front cover.

Bought on Amazon: Alice’s Misadventures Underground: The Complete Annotated Oxford Text


Alternative Alices

Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ Books by Carolyn Sigler. Published by the University Press of Kentucky, 1997. Paperback 8vo.

ISBN: 0813109329

Amazon: Alternative Alices: Visions and Revisions of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’ Books

A collection of twenty ‘responses’ to the Alice books between 1869 and 1930: the editor suggests that the numbers of Alice parodies declined after this, but my collection still seems to include plenty…

Anyway: from the publisher:

In the decades following the publication of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, male and female writers on both sides of the Atlantic, radicals as well as conservatives, produced no fewer than 200 imitations, revisions, and parodies of Carroll’s fantasies for children. In this delightful anthology, Carolyn Sigler gathers twenty of the most interesting and original of these responses to the Alice books, many of them long out of print. Alternately satiric, enchanting, experimental, and subversive, these Alice-inspired works reveal how variously Carroll’s books were read, reinscribed, and resisted in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Anyone who has ever followed Alice down the rabbit hole will enjoy the adventures of her literary siblings in the wide Wonderland of the human imagination.

The book mentions, among others, E. Nesbit, Tom Hood, Anna M. Richards, E.F. Benson, Charles E. Carryl, Christina Rosetti, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Saki.

And I’m shocked after looking at this book some years after I bought it: I have now got a fair few of them. It was invaluable when I started collecting. It’s sometimes difficult to search for Alice spoofs/ parodies: some have neither ‘Alice’ nor ‘wonderland’ in the title. Not much help on Google…


alison wonderland

Alison Wonderland by Helen Smith. Published by Victor Gollancz in 1999. First edition paperback.

ISBN: 0-575-06718-7

Bought in Oxfam for 79p, purely on the basis of the name….


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…

Available on amazon: Clara In Blunderland


Peter Weevers

Alices’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Peter Weevers. Published by Ted Smart, 1996. First published 1989 by Random House.

ISBN: 0091850770

4to. Hardback with dustjacket.

The original story, illustrated by France-based, UK-born watercolour artist Peter Weevers

I think this book suffers a bit from the common problem that many of the paintings are too similar to the Tenniels- it must be so hard seeing such familiar mental images in a new way. Having said that, there are an awful lot of them (100), and they’re certainly beautiful. The Alice was based on the artist’s daughter, Tilia.

You can see some of his work, including some of the Alice stuff here

Sometimes turns up on amazon: Alice in Wonderland

This one was a present- Thanks Jon!


alice i eventyrland

Alice i Eventyrland by Lewis Carroll. Translated into Danish by Birgitte Brix and illustrated by Robert Ingpen. 2009, Carlsen.

Robert Ingpen is an Australian illustrator and graphic designer. He has also written numerous children’s books and also some non-fiction.

There are loads of pictures (on almost every page) and they are beautiful, with a subdued palette and a soft feel. Alice is a skinny little thing, still in her traditional dress and pinafore, but with dark hair that could do with a brush…

This is a Danish edition bought for me for Christmas by my mum. The English version is available here: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

I wonder if he’ll be doing a Looking Glass any time soon?


Alice in Orchestralia

Alice in Orchestralia by Ernest LaPrade. Published 1925 by Doubleday, Page and Co. First edition with dustjacket. 12mo.

Illustrations by Carroll Snell.

I think the book was also re-released as Alice in Orchestra Land, and as Alice in Music Land.

Alice enters Orchestralia via the horn of a brass instrument, and once there learns all about the characters of the different instruments in the orchestra.

The conductor Walter Damrosch is quoted on the fly:’ Alice is to be envied, for there is hardly anything about a modern symphony orchestra – its make-up, its functions, its manner of speaking that universal language of human emotions – that she does not learn through the pages of this book. And it is all done in such a beguiling way that one might swear that it had been written by the whimsical and immortal author of the original “Alice in Wonderland.”
I am glad that this work was written by an American, and am proud that he is also a member of my orchestra. I prophesy for this book a wide distribution wherever the English tongue is spoken and the love for music prevails.’

You can usually pick up a cheap copy on Amazon: Alice in Orchestralia

You can read the whole book here.


alice in virusland

Alice in Virusland by Paul F. Clark. Published by the Society of American Bacteriologists.

1938. 8vo. Offprint from the ‘Journal of Bacteriology’ with five line drawings by W. Allen

Presidential address delivered before the Society of American Bacteriologists at its fortieth annual meeting, San Francisco, August 31, 1938. Alice finds herself in a land of microbes and viruses.

The front cover is plain blue cloth, so I thought I’d stick up the Giardia illustration instead. Isn’t he cute….?

This cost me £22 from abebooks. You can find it on amazon: Alice in virusland or you can read or download the whole thing here:

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