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A New Alice in the Old Wonderland

A New Alice in the Old Wonderland by Anna M. Richards.

The 67 illustrations are credited to Anna M. Richards Jr- the author’s daughter Anna Richards Brewster.

Published by J. B. Lippincott of Philadelphia, 1895.

Alice Lee manages to get to Wonderland and meets all the familiar characters there.

I have two copies of this: one from 1896- a bit tatty, hardback in red boards. It has that lovely old bookshop smell. The other is a modern reprint published by the Wildside Press in 2000: ISBN: 978-1587151996.

I like the ‘Test Questions on Physics” asked in the Kindergarten- here are a few of them:

6. What is momentum?

The force with which anything strikes you at the moment.

7. To what is momentum always equal?

It is always equal to the occasion.

8. Give an instance.

If a ball propelled at a given moment should strike the head of a professor of Physics, the result would be more momentous — i.e., have greater momentum — than if a similar ball at that moment should strike the head of a very bad small boy. The momentum in each instance would be equal to the occasion, plus the square of the difference in importance.

9. What is a lever?

A species of stick.

10. How was it discovered?

Two workmen were once endeavoring to lift a heavy boat. Not being able to do it, one of them cried, ‘ Let us leave her !’

‘Lever! the very thing’, said the other.

And he took up what was formerly supposed to be only a crowbar, and moved the boat with surprising ease.

Full text on-line here.

Amazon copies (new and old) here: New Alice


The Wallypug of Why

The Wallypug of Why by G.E. Farrow.

Illustrated by Harry Furness with vignettes by Dorothy Furness (Harry’s daughter, who was only 15 at the time).

Hardback first edition, published by Hutchinson, 1895.

The Alice connection seems rather tenuous at first look, but the synopsis of “Alternative Alices” by Carolyn Sigler says:

Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking Glass (1871) are among the most enduring works in the English language. In the decades following their publication, writers on both sides of the Atlantic produced no fewer than two hundred imitations, revisions, and parodies of Carroll’s fantasies for children. Carolyn Sigler has gathered the most interesting and original of these responses to the Alice books, many of them long out of print. Produced between 1869 and 1930, these works trace the extraordinarily creative, and often critical, response of diverse writers. These writers — male and female, radical and conservative — appropriated Carroll’s structures, motifs, and themes in their Alice-inspired works in order to engage in larger cultural debates. Their stories range from Christina Rossetti’s angry subversion of Alice’s adventures, Speaking Likenesses (1874), to G.E. Farrow’s witty fantasy adventure, The Wallypug of Why (1895), to Edward Hope’s hilarious parody of social and political foibles, Alice in the Delighted States (1928). 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.

It certainly has an Alice-y feel: little girl falls asleep and meets fantastical creatures in a dream-world, and it’s a lovely thing with plenty of illustrations by one of Carroll’s many interpreters.

This is G.E. Farrow’s first book, but he went on to write more than thirty, including several Wallypug sequels.

Bought in Sotheran’s Fine Books, which is well worth a visit if you’re a booky person. It’s fab.

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