Posts Tagged ‘rewrite



02
Jan
11

Alice in the Delighted States

Alice in the Delighted States by Edward Hope.

Illustrated by Rea Irvin, who was the first art editor of the New Yorker.

Published by The Dial Press, Lincoln Mac Veagh, 1928. Hardback, no dust jacket.

Written as a parody of social and political foibles: Alice arrives in the Delighted States, via the stem of a drinking glass. She meets Rotarians, to whom she refuses to make a speech- the Rotarian next to commenting “That comes from being too subjunctive and makes the situation tense.”

She meets Twaddle-dum and Twiddle-dee, one labeled H. L. M.  and the other, G. J. N. A slip of paper in my copy reveals that these two are Henry L. Mencken (American journalist, essayist and critic) and George Jean Nathan (an American critic).

Later Alice begins to grow, and becomes much too large for her clothes- causing a case of Indecent Exposure. She goes to court where the lawyers of the Persecution and Pretense call ‘witlesses’ and select a jury full of frightened white rabbits, parrots, and a sleepy possum. The judge is wrapped up in red tape. A ‘very cross examination’ is interrupted by news: PRIZE BEAUTY SLAYS LOVE MATE WITH ICE PICK AFTER JAZZ PARTY IN RICH NEST, and Alice’s trial is over- Alice is advised to go into vaudeville, or write her Life Story. She ends up in Washington with elephants, donkeys and Uncle Sam, and then awakes in her father’s chair.

Edward Hope wrote for the New York Herald Tribune.

Bought on abebooks.

Sometimes available on amazon: Delighted States

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26
Apr
10

John Bull’s Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland

John Bull’s Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland by Charles Geake, with 46 illustrations by Sir Francis Carruthers Gould.

Published by Methuen & Co. 1904, first edition hardback. No dust jacket.

The illustrations are caricatures of political figures of the time, and I’m not at all sure who any of them are…

From the preface:

“Our first word must be one of our sincere and appreciative acknowledgments to the Writer and Illustrator of the incomparable Alice Books-to Lewis Carroll, the one man who, if he had only been alive, could have made head or tail of Mr. Chamberlain’s figures, and to Sir John Tenniel, happily still in our midst, even though each succeeding Wednesday no longer brings with it an example of his genius. It will be noticed that in the Fiscal Wonderland one actor has to sustain more than one of the characters of the Alice dramatis personae. Mr. Balfour is not only Humpy Dumpy, but also the March Hare ; Mr. Chamberlain is at once the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and the Knave of the Trial. For this we make no apology, since one man in his time plays many parts, and in this fiscal controversy the time has been as short as the parts have been varied. The Hatter’s riddle (on page 62) as invented had not an answer any more than Lewis Carroll’s original working model, but if an answer be desired, ” Because neither can be obtained from Birmingham” would seem to have the merit of accuracy. In writing and illustrating the Fiscal Wonderland, we do not pretend to having had no settled convictions. But whilst these have not been concealed, we venture to hope that none of the combatants in the Big Fight will find any cause of offence in this new version of the old stories, so much of which now seems only an intelligent anticipation of the present political situation. C. G. F. C. G. January, 1904.”

Bought for me as a thanks by the lovely Michael when he stayed with me for a while.

06
Mar
10

Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There

Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There by Keith Sheppard.

Illustrations by Cynthia Brownell.

Published by Evertype, 2009.

From the cover:

“Excuse me,” said Alice to a small white Mouse in red shorts. “What precisely is a custard race?”

Did Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass leave you yearning for more? Join Alice on her new journey and meet the extraordinary inhabitants of Wonderland, both familiar and new.

If your bed turned into a boat and you found yourself “drifting off” in an entirely unexpected manner how would you find your way home? The Jack of Diamonds says it’s Alice’s own fault for being fast asleep—had she slept more slowly she wouldn’t be so far from home.

The Red Queen, the Mah-jong Dragons, even the Red King’s Gamekeeper, all seem helpful enough at first—but things never quite turn out the way Alice hopes!

Brimming with wordplay, nonsense verse, and a cast of eccentric characters each with their own peculiar logic, this adventure is faithful to the style of the originals, picking up the pen where Lewis Carroll put it down. Be swept away on a torrent of humour and madness. Alice is back!

Available on Amazon: Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There

18
Feb
10

Alice in the Country of Hearts

Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose.

Art by Soumei Hoshino.

Published by Tokyopop, 2010. First edition paperback.

ISBN: 1427817693

From the cover:

Wonderland is officially at war! And Alice is trapped in the middle of it all. Will she make it out alive? A little arrogant, stubborn, and determined to get back home, Alice isn’t fazed by these challenges… until she discovers that every man is gun crazy and weirdly in love with her. What’s going on in Wonderland?!

Basically, Alice Liddell is transported to a Wonderland filled with handsome young men loosely based on Wonderland characters, who all seem to want to fall in love with her. It’s Alice as a dating game, crossed with a computer game. Sort of fun in a bizarre kind of way.

On Amazon: Alice in the Country of Hearts Volume 1

17
Feb
10

Alix in Academe

Alix in Academe by Jeanne Purdy.

Published by Creative Arts Book Company, 2000

Softback, no illustrations.

ISBN: 0887392458

A satire on US college life. Alix, looking for a college to attend, is touring a 6th campus in a rural setting. Dozing off in an assembly, she tumbles down a chute into a new wonderland: with bats in the belfry, marbles rolling about the floors and the Mad Hatter singing a song of lament as an assistant professor. During her journey, she gains confidence until she creates her own major…

Jeanne Purdy is a lecturer in Humanities and Women’s Studies in the States.

My copy is an old library book, so is a bit tatty.

Available on amazon: Alix in Academe Mine was bought through abebooks.

14
Feb
10

Another Alice Book, Please!

Another Alice Book, Please! by A.L.Gibson.

Published by John Castle in 1924. Hardback, no dust jacket.

Very pretty black and white illustrations by H.R.Millar.

An Alice-like fantasy written at the request of the author’s children who wanted more “Alice”.

I can’t find much info on the author, but the illustrator was a well known artist of children’s literature from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, including some of the coloured Fairy Books (which I loved as a kid). He also worked with E. Nesbit, illustrating Five Children and It and The Phoenix and the Carpet. There’s a full list here.

On amazon: Another Alice Book, Please!

12
Feb
10

Alice’s Adventures in Atomland in the Plastic Age

Alice’s Adventures in Atomland in the Plastic Age: A Stark Fantasy by Daddy Dumps, alias Humpty Dumpty, alias Deadeye Dick. In Memory of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, alias Lewis Carroll and Harry Morgan Ayres, Gentle-men, Scholars, and Lovers of Little Girls, by Richard M. Field.

Published by Faulkner & Field, 1949.

Author’s signed limited edition, first printing, no. 663.

Political, literary & social satire on modern life, science & the atomic bomb. Includes a Jabberwock parody- something I always enjoy:

‘Twas Jersey, and the railroad tracks
Did click and shimmer in the heat;
All smoky were the factory stacks,
And belching f-o-u-l reek.

Characters include Humpty Dumpty, Dr. Dodo, the tea party trio, and the red and white Queens.

On Amazon: Alice’s Adventures in Atomland in the Plastic Age. A Stark Fantasy by Daddy Dumps alias Humpty Dumpty, alias Deadeye Dick.




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