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16
Aug
19

Alitji in the Dreamtime

Alitji in the Dreamtime: a re-telling of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland story by Nancy Sheppard using Australian Aborigine language and imagery: the white rabbit has become a kangaroo and the dormouse is now a koala.

The story is told in the Pitjantjatjara language of Central Australia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitjantjatjara) and is back-translated into English alongside.

The illustrations by Byron Sewell are rather beautifully printed in brown ink: far more elegant than black, especially on the grey-brown of the paper.

Published in 1975 by the University of Adelaide, and available from various sellers on Amazon: Alitji on Amazon

More equivalences:

  • the fan becomes a woomera
  • the caterpillar becomes a witchety grub
  • the Duchess becomes the Spirit of the North Wind
  • the Mad Hatter and the March Hare become a Stockman and a Horse
  • Croquet is played with storks and echindnas

I think this is one of my favourite alternative Alice stories: the tale is well told, the rhymes and verses stand up well and the illustrations are beautiful. It works well as a book on its own merits, and it adds dimensions to the original story. Recommended.

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16
Aug
19

Illustrated by Leonard Weisgard

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll: illustrated by Leonard Weisgard.

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York, 1949.

Cover: grey and white illustrated boards. Full of really beautiful colour illustrations: I love these.

Leonard Weisgard (December 13, 1916-January 14, 2000) was an award-winning illustrator of over200 children’s books. On accepting the Caldecott Medal in 1948, he said:

“There are times in illustrating when the artist of today must rub his nose against the reality of things and try to catch with the honesty of a child a yellow sun like a pat of butter in the sky, with clouds of cottage cheese and the smoke of boats flying in all directions, with no concern for north or east. Houses with windows gaping and people like raisins on the street, a fire engine tearing off the page and a policeman stopping everything.”

Check out the website about him here.

Sometimes available on amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass … With illustrations by Leonard Weisgard

16
Aug
19

Janice in Tomorrow-Land

Janice in Tomorrow-Land by Emory Holloway.

Published by American Book Company, 1936.

First Edition hardback, no dustjacket.

I’m not sure who the illustrations are by, but they’re wonderful- real 1930s style idea of the future. The first picture in the book includes a stained glass window with a depiction of Alice and the White Rabbit. It’s through this window that she meets ‘Mr Merlin’, who takes her on a number of adventures…

Emory Holloway (1885 -1977) was best known for books and studies of Walt Whitman.

You can find this on Amazon: Janice in Tomorrow-Land, but it’s generally pretty scarce and certainly rather expensive.

I couldn’t resist scanning in several of the illustrations:

29
Jun
19

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Little Folks’ Edition

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Little Folks’ Edition

Issued as part of the 150th anniversary celebrations.

From the publisher’s blurb:

First published by Macmillan in 1907, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Little Folks Edition is a charming miniature edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale which is specially abridged for younger readers. A sixth of the length of the original 1865 edition, it features 32 brightly coloured illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, uniquely featuring Alice in a red dress.

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books; Main Market edition (5 Feb. 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1447277783
ISBN-13: 978-1447277781

Bought for me on my hen night, and full of lovely annotations from all the hens…

29
Jun
19

2018 Pirelli Calendar- 45th Edition: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

2018 Pirelli Calendar 45th Edition: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: photos by Tim Walker.

Stylist: Edward Enninful

Designer: Shona Heath

The Pirelli calendar was first published in 1964, although there was a trial run with an unpublished mock-up version in 1963. Production was paused in 1974 for 10 years, but it’s been around ever since.

Until recently it’s had a reputation as a ‘glamour’ calendar, but has tried to shed the dodgy image with the use of un-airbrushed, non-made up stars in 2017. In 2018, British fashion photographer Tim Walker took inspiration from Alice, shooting in London with an all black cast.

 

Includes 28 photos of the 18 cast members.

Cast:

Duckie Thot (Australian model): Alice

Adwoa Aboah (British model): Tweedledee

Naomi Campbell (British model) and Sean Combs (P Diddy- American rapper): The Royal Beheaders

Slick Woods (American model): The Madhatter

Lupita Nyong’o (Kenyan-Mexican actor): The Dormouse

Whoopi Goldberg (American actor): The Royal Duchess

Djimon Hounsou (American-Beninese actor): The King of Hearts

RuPaul (Superstar and hero): The Queen of Hearts

Adut Akech (South Sudanese/Australian model: The Queen of Diamonds

Alpha Dia (Senegalese model): the Five-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener

King Owusu (Illustrator and model): Two-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardene

Lil Yachty (American rapper): The Queen’s Guard

Thando Hopa (South African lawyer and model): The Princess of Hearts

Wilson Oryema (writer, activist and model): the Seven-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener

Zoe Bedeaux (fashion stylist, designer and singer): The Caterpillar

Sasha Lane (American actress): The Mad March Hare

Jaha Dukureh (Gambian anti-FGM/Human rights activist): Wonderland princess

Pirelli’s site here.

New York Times review here.

Article from Elle here.


 

 

22
Feb
19

After Alice

After Alice by Gregory Maguire.

Publisher: Headline (27 Oct. 2015)

ISBN:  1472230434/ 978-1472230430

From the publisher:

When Alice fell down the rabbit-hole, she found Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But how did Victorian Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?

Gregory Maguire turns his imagination to the question of underworlds, undergrounds, underpinnings -and understandings old and new, offering an inventive spin on Carroll’s enduring tale. Ada, a friend mentioned briefly in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, sets out to visit Alice but, arriving a moment too late, tumbles down the rabbit-hole herself. 

Ada brings to Wonderland her own imperfect apprehension of cause and effect as she embarks on an odyssey to find Alice and bring her safely home from this surreal world below the world. The White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the bloodthirsty Queen of Hearts interrupt their mad tea party to suggest a conundrum: if Eurydice can ever be returned to the arms of Orpheus, or if Lazarus can be raised from the tomb, perhaps Alice can be returned to life. 

Either way, everything that happens next is After Alice.

Gregory Maguire is the author of many books for children and adults, including Wicked, the story of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West.

Available on Amazon.

21
Feb
19

Oedipus in Disneyland

Oedipus in Disneyland: Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman by Hercules Molloy.

Published by Paranoid Press, 1972.

Paperback.

I can’t pretend I’ve read this- I only bought it yesterday after all- but on skimming it seems to be a (badly written) cross between a Freudian nightmare and a Foucault’s Pendulum conspiracy theory horror story.

I’ve found a couple of reviews on-line- one from Angtime:

But nothing, nothing, nothing in the world will mess your head up more than “Oedipus in Disneyland” by Hercules Molloy. I have a first edition, for the simple fact that it never made it to a second. The title, snappy as it is, gives one only a small glimpse as to its range. The subtitle: “Queen Victoria’s reincarnation as Superman”, while also intriguing, is likewise only part of the tale. What will melt your mind is Clark Kent, unaware of his destiny, sitting alone in a Mexican jail cell, reading “Alice in Wonderland” and providing a subtextual play-by-play. Copies are hard to come by, not surprisingly, but a google search turned up one review that began with the words “It is positively disgusting….” And one webpage that just had some keywords: Classics-Alice-Wonderland-Kent-Clark-Dirty-Sex-Superman-Bad-Words which I think surmises it pretty well.

…and one from the International Journal of Social Psychiatry:

There’s also an amusing review/article here.

I think I’ll stick to skimming it!

Available via Amazon: Oedipus in Disneyland




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