Posts Tagged ‘political satire



09
Apr
10

Lost in Blunderland

Lost in Blunderland by Caroline Lewis.

Illustrated by S.R.

Published by William Heinemann, 1903.

Sequel to Clara in Blunderland.

Written by Harold Begbie and J. Stafford Ransome under the pseudonym of Caroline Lewis. This reversal of Lewis Carroll’s name is pleasing to me, as his pseudonym was originally chosen by taking Dodgson’s first names (Charles Lutwidge), reversing and ‘latinising’ them to Ludovicus Carolus, and then re-Englishising them again.

As with the first book, the illustrations are credited to S.R., and I believe they were the work of the J. Stafford Ransome part of the partnership, and again they echo the Tenniels, but look like genuine political caricatures. Clara herself is Balfour.

I bought this from Stella and Rose Books. You can buy a modern reprint here.
On amazon: Blunderland

17
Feb
10

Malice in Kulturland

Malice in Kulturland by Horace Wyatt.

Illustrations by W. Tell.

Published by The Car Illustrated, 1914.

Hardback: brown boards with pictorial onlay, this copy has a damaged spine, but this seems to be fairly typical for this book. No dust jacket: I’m not sure if it ever had one?

This is an anti-war Alice parody, with references to the Kaiser and events of the first year of the 1914-1918 conflict. The illustrations are close parodies of the Tenniel originals.

There’s plenty of verse, including a version of Jabberwocky:

‘Twas dertag, and the slithy Huns
Did sturm and sturgel through the sludge;
All bulgeous were the blunderguns,
And the bosch bombs outbludge

Beware the Ulsterman, my son—
The jaws that bite at kin and kith;
Because the Carsonclan, and shun
The frumious Ridersmith…

…‘And is the Kaiserhog at large?
Then show him to your blarney boy!
Oh, frabjous day! Hurroo! Hurray!’
They chortled in their joy.

You can buy both the original version:MALICE IN KULTURLAND, and a modern reprint: Malice in Kulturland

I bought my copy on abebooks.

17
Feb
10

Frankie in Wonderland

Frankie in Wonderland by A Tory.

Published by E. P. Dutton & Co., 1934.

Soft back pamphlet with no illustrations.

“With apologies to Lewis Carroll, the originator and pre-historian of the New Deal”.

An attack on the ‘New Deal’ as an Alice parody, with Franklin D Roosevelt as our Alice: the New Deal being his economic policies from 1933 to 1937.

Dedicated:

“To the American Eagle, that noble bird, before it was painted blue and turned into a Soviet Duck”.

Sometimes available on amazon: Frankie in Wonderland: With Apologies to Lewis Carroll, the Originator and Pre-Historian of the New Deal

24
Jan
10

clara in blunderland

Clara in Blunderland by Caroline Lewis. Published by William Heinemann, 1902.

Fifth and seventh impressions. Cloth hardback, 12mo.

I have two copies of this, and have managed to read neither. I know it was written by Harold Begbie and J. Stafford Ransome (together under the pseudonym of Caroline Lewis) as a satire on British involvement in the Boer war, especially at the failure of the government to resolve the conflict, but as I know very little about the war, the parody passes way over my head.

The illustrations are credited to S.R., and I believe they were the work of the J. Stafford Ransome part of the partnership. They echo the Tenniels, but look like political caricatures: again, my lack of historical knowledge lets me down: I don’t know who they are. Any suggestions welcome- might Clara be Balfour??

There is a sequel: Lost in Blunderland, which I don’t own. Yet…

Available on amazon: Clara In Blunderland




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