Archive for December 31st, 2011

31
Dec
11

Illustrated by Moritz Kennel

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Illustrated by Moritz Kennel.

ISBN: 0690009844

Published by Crowell, New York, 1971. First US edition, and first in English. Hardback with dustjacket.

Kennel uses vibrant colours and strong shapes in the illustrations, giving them a real 70s look. Love ‘em. Shame I seem to be unable to find out anything about him…

 

31
Dec
11

The Philosopher’s Alice

The Philosopher’s Alice: Lewis Carroll with notes and introduction by Peter Heath. Subtitled The Thinking Man’s Guide to a Misunderstood Nursery Classic.

Tenniel illustrations

Published by Academy Editions, London, 1974. Hardcover. First Edition.

Peter Heath was a former president of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Virginia. The book is the original text (both books) with philosophical asides and comments: Heath himself says that the books show “surprising insights into abstract questions of philosophy”. Very interesting stuff: well worth a read.

On the “Raven/ Writing Desk’ riddle:

‘Shibles compares this to the unanswerable questions allegedly asked by Philosophers. But the real objection to it is that it has too many answers, namely all the innumerable negative properties that ravens share with writing desks (by which I suppose he means logical negatives like ‘neither of them have a chimney’). If these do not count then neither does the property of unanswerability which the Hatter’s riddle is supposed to share with the questions of Philosophers.’

On amazon: The Philosopher’s Alice: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

31
Dec
11

Fox-Rank Publicity Pack

 

Fox-Rank Publicity Pack for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

To accompany the 1972 film – inserts include Story synopsis, Press Story, Editorial blocks and merchandising and promotional supplements.

Bought on ebay.

31
Dec
11

Fantastic Alice

Fantastic Alice: New Stories from Wonderland edited and introduced by Margaret Weis, an American fantasy author and joint creator of the Dragonlance game world.

ISBN-10: 0441002536

Published by Ace Fantasy (Ace Books); first edition paperback (1995).

A collection of seventeen (rather uneven) short stories inspired by Alice: the titles are rather more interesting than the stories themselves, including:

Muchness (Jody Lyn Nye)

The Rabbit Within (Gary A. Braunbeck)

Who Killed Humpty Dumpty (Mickey Zucker Reichhert)

I’m not the only one who is unconvinced:

From Publishers Weekly:

The current spate of themed, written-to-order anthologies leaves us awash in mediocrity; Fantastic Alice, in which 17 authors rework material by Lewis Carroll, is only a partial exception. Only Bruce Holland Rogers in the touching “A Common Night”-the best story here, despite an unconvincing close-illuminates what he borrows. He makes intriguing connections between Carroll and Emily Dickinson, and his verse is impressively clever. Several stories bring Carrollian characters to the real world; the best is Peter Crowther’s eerie, disturbing “Conundrums to Guess,” in which the Red Queen shows up (with an ax), but it’s undeveloped and rushed. Lawrence Watt-Evans, Jane M. Lindskold and Esther M. Friesner bring to reality the Cheshire Cat, the Dormouse and the Duchess’s pig-baby, respectively, with some cleverness and imagination. Most of the stories that put characters into versions of Carroll’s worlds, though, fail to one degree or another. The late Roger Zelazny contributes turgid and violent mythopoeia, Janet Pack a whimsy-slaying and sloppy “It was all a dream-or was it?” cliche; Mickey Zucker Reichert’s and Connie Hirsch’s takeoffs are flat-footed and laborious. While the writing here is generally professional and there is some cleverness throughout, too often we feel we’re seeing an old-time star spliced into a low-budget remake.

Shame really- a bit of a wasted opportunity.

Bought on abebooks, but available on Amazon: Fantastic Alice




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