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Alice in the Delighted States

Alice in the Delighted States by Edward Hope.

Illustrated by Rea Irvin, who was the first art editor of the New Yorker.

Published by The Dial Press, Lincoln Mac Veagh, 1928. Hardback, no dust jacket.

Written as a parody of social and political foibles: Alice arrives in the Delighted States, via the stem of a drinking glass. She meets Rotarians, to whom she refuses to make a speech- the Rotarian next to commenting “That comes from being too subjunctive and makes the situation tense.”

She meets Twaddle-dum and Twiddle-dee, one labeled H. L. M.  and the other, G. J. N. A slip of paper in my copy reveals that these two are Henry L. Mencken (American journalist, essayist and critic) and George Jean Nathan (an American critic).

Later Alice begins to grow, and becomes much too large for her clothes- causing a case of Indecent Exposure. She goes to court where the lawyers of the Persecution and Pretense call ‘witlesses’ and select a jury full of frightened white rabbits, parrots, and a sleepy possum. The judge is wrapped up in red tape. A ‘very cross examination’ is interrupted by news: PRIZE BEAUTY SLAYS LOVE MATE WITH ICE PICK AFTER JAZZ PARTY IN RICH NEST, and Alice’s trial is over- Alice is advised to go into vaudeville, or write her Life Story. She ends up in Washington with elephants, donkeys and Uncle Sam, and then awakes in her father’s chair.

Edward Hope wrote for the New York Herald Tribune.

Bought on abebooks.

Sometimes available on amazon: Delighted States



Jabberland: A Whiffle Through the Tulgey Wood of Jabberwocky Imitations: Compiled by Hilda Bohem and edited by Dayna McCausland.

Published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box/ Lewis Carroll Society of Canada. 2002. Paperback.

ISBN 1-55246-434-2

Reproduces Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky”, along with over 200 imitations, including:

  • Clubberwocky- a golfing parody
  • Jabbercandy- a sweet version…
  • Streptocock- microbiological version
  • Twas Bunker and the Quincy Fonz- Telly parody

My copy is inscribed by the editor: ‘To Carolyn, remember the golden afternoons of Oxford 1998 Dayna McCausland’. There’s also a letter from the editor to the same Carolyn giving some information on the compiler.

Hideous cover…

Bought via abebooks.


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 3 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 199 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 274 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 50mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 14th with 335 views. The most popular post that day was Alice in Wonderland Card Game.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for alice in the country of hearts, alice in wonderland disney, the nursery alice, alice in wonderland graphic novel, and lewis carroll.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Alice in Wonderland Card Game February 2010


Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland February 2010


Alice illustrated by Philip Gough February 2010


Alice in Wonderland (Graphic Novel Adaptation) February 2010


Alice Websites March 2010
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