Posts Tagged ‘alice spoof



10
Jan
13

Blue Alice

scan0041Blue Alice: A Trip Through a Sexual Wonderland by Jackson Short.

Paperback. Published by Dell, 1972. First printing.

Alice seems to be a popular subject for ‘adult’ interpretations. The back cover of this book says “”Once upon a time there was a wee sexy miss named Alice”.

From the blurb:

Curiouser and curiouser!

Poor Alice. First there was the White Hophead who led her astray… then Timothy J. Caterpillar, the psychedelic guru with his unusual methods of instruction… then General March O’Hare and General Mad Anthony Hatter, both wigged out of their skulls on Hanoi Gold… then Tricky Dick Cheshire, who was willing to do anything to make everyone, and especially Alice, love him… then Horatio H. Humpty, who gets his kicks with his ever ready mouth… next came the White Knight of New York, who liked it best on horseback… and the Red Queen, who showed Alice a new way to a woman’s heart,,,

Yes indeed, things were getting curiouser and curiouser for Alice- and the worst, and best, was yet to come…

Fantastic 1970’s stylee cover art…

02
Jan
13

Alicia in Blunderland

scan0001Alicia in Blunderland by Peter Schuyler Miller. Introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach.

Small hardback with dustjacket, Published by Oswald Train, 1983. First edition. Number 112 of 500.

Dust jacket art by Stephen E. Fabian.

P. Schuyler Miller (1912-1974) was an American critic and science fiction writer. In 1933 he wrote Alicia in Blunderland: publishing it serially in Science Fiction Digest magazine under the byline ‘Nihil”. This book brings the episodes together in a limited format along with an introduction by Lloyd Arthur Eshbach (1910-2003), another American SciFi writer.

Alicia meets characters and writers of science fiction of the period.

Bought in Marchpane Books, Cecil Court.

Available on Amazon: Alicia in Blunderland

05
Oct
12

Alice in Blunderland: an Iridescent Dream

Alice in Blunderland: an Iridescent Dream by John Kendrick Bangs.

Illustrated by Albert Levering.

Published by Doubleday, Page & Company, New York, 1907. Hardback clothbound first edition: no dustjacket. 12mo.

Bangs (1862-1922) was an American writer, essayist and lecturer, and he turns Alice turns into a political satire

Alice travels to Blunderland, where “everything goes just right”: assuming you believe the keepers of the Municipal Home of Children, where all the children live. Appearances by the dormouse, the Duchess, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the White Knight.

From Alice in Blunderland:

“Certain of our members claim that they have a right to sell their votes for $500 apiece–”

“Mercy!” cried Alice, “Why, that is–that is terrible.”

“It certainly is,” said the March Hare ruefully, it’s rotten. Here I’ve been holding out for $1,250 for mine, and these duffers want to go in for a cut rate that will absolutely ruin the business.”

There’s a facsimile version available: Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream

The Mad Hatter talking through his hat.

25
Feb
12

Allies in Wilhelmsland

Allies in Wilhelmsland by J.G.R.H. & C.T. (with apologies to “Alice in Wonderland”)

Published by ‘s.n’ in 1914- printed by Ford and Co.

J.G.R.H. is J.G. Russell Harvey and C.T. is Charles (or Charlie) Thomas: between them they seem to have written several wartime verse spoofs including Rhymes of the Times for War Babies of all Ages.

The included verses originally appeared in ‘The Bristol Times and Mirror’ and ‘The Western Daily Press”.

The book is really a pamphlet of 12 pages with parodies of some of the poems from Wonderland: all poking fun at the Kaiser.

Really tatty copy- all the pages are loose and the cover is in two pieces, but it’s the only one I’ve been able to find.

Notes on the text read:

Deutschland unter Alles.

“Sold for the benefit of the Belgian Refugees’ Relief Fund”

“The authors, J.G. Russell Harvey and Charles Thomas are much indebted to Messrs. A.W. Ford & Co., Ltd. Bristol, for printing this booklet at a purely nominal cost”

10
Feb
12

Owens Corning Fiberglas: Alice in Insulationland

Advert from 1958 magazine. The page is too big for my scanner, so I had to make do with a photo- hope you can still read it all ok.

I’ve looked up Owens Corning, and they still exist- in fact they’re ‘the world’s largest manufacturer of fiberglass and related products’ according to wikipedia. I’m sure Alice helped.

It’s not the only time they used her, either:

“Alice in the Wonderland of glass” photographs, 1937.  Owens Corning Inc. Records, MSS-222.
The year before Owens-Corning Fiberglas was spun off as a separate company, Owens-Illinois developed a marketing campaign built around the wonder of glass.  It featured the character “Alice,” who visited the various manufacturing facilities to find out more about this “wonder” product.  Here, “Alice” watches workers make Fiberglas insulation.

23
Jan
12

Alice’s Adventures in Pictureland

Alice’s Adventures in Pictureland: A Tale Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland by Florence Adèle Evans.

Illustrated by Albertine Randall Wheelan.

Published 1900. Hardback, no dustjacket. Published by The Dodge Publishing Company.

Rather nice black and white plates and many text illustrations.

A young niece of Alice first becomes involved in adventures with a number of Wonderland characters, and then the book continues with stories told to her by various animals.

Albertine Randall Wheelan was a costume designer and cartoonist, who drew The Dumbunnies during the 1920s. She was born in San Francisco, the youngest of four children, and attended the San Francisco School of Design. She drew magazine illustrations for Harper’s Bazaar, Harper’s Young People, St. Nicholas and others.

There’s an Evertype version available on Amazon: Pictureland

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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