Posts Tagged ‘satire



03
May
10

Alice in Bennetland

Alice in Bennetland by Peter A. Johnson.

Illustrated by Snark.

Published by Dog Island Enterprises. Undated, and I’m confused about dating- it’s parodying 1950s British Colombia, but I’ve seen it dated as 1972- why so much later?

8vo softback, 39 pages.

Apparently a satire on 1950s British Columbia politics: the Social Credit party and Bennett government, but my knowledge of 1950s Canadian politics is non-existent.

Ah, the power of t’internet: wiki tells me that Bennett came to power in 1952, but was there until 1972 so that would explain the publication at that time.

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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

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.

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.

24
Jan
10

clara inĀ 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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