The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll
The Definitive Edition

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A conventional edited edition is there to elucidate its text; Gardner, on the other hand, plays the text -- goes right round the floor with it, bringing in physics, psychoanalysis, literary history, math and logic -- for the sake of notes that are compressed little essays on all the subjects the text inspires.
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The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, The Annotated Alice is a landmark event in the rich history of Lewis Carroll and cause to celebrate the remarkable career of Martin Gardner.


For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1959, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is beloved by both families and scholars—for it was Gardner who first decoded many of the mathematical riddles and wordplay that lay ingeniously embedded in Carroll's two classic stories, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.


Forty years after this groundbreaking publication, Norton is proud to publish the Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alice, a work that combines the notes of Gardner's 1959 edition with his 1990 volume, More Annotated Alice, as well as additional discoveries drawn from Gardner's encyclopedic knowledge of the texts. Illustrated with John Tenniel's classic, beloved art—along with many recently discovered Tenniel pencil sketches—The Annotated Alice will be Gardner's most beautiful and enduring tribute to Carroll's masterpieces yet.

 

About Lewis Carroll

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Born in Daresbury, England,in 1832, Charles Luthwidge Dodgson is better known by his pen mane of Lewis Carroll. He became a minister of the Church of England and a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford. He was the author, under his own name, of An Elementary Treatise on Determinants (1867), Symbolic Logic (1896), and other scholarly treatises which would hardly have given him a place in English literature. Charles Dodgson might have been completely forgotten but for the work of his alter ego, Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll, shy in the company of adults, loved children and knew and understood the world of the imagination in which the most sensitive of them lived. So he put the little girl Alice Liddell into a dream-story and found himself famous as the author of Alice in Wonderland (1865). Through the Looking Glass followed in 1871. In recent years Carroll has been taken quite seriously as a major literary artist for adults as well. His works have come under the scrutiny of critics who have explained his permanent attractiveness in terms of existential and symbolic drama: The Alice books dramatize psychological realities in symbolic terms, being commentary on the nature of the human predicament rather than escape from it. In addition to his writing, Carroll was also a pioneering photographer, and he took many pictures of young children, especially girls, with whom he seemed to empathize.
 
Published November 17, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Science & Math. Fiction
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Reviewed by Adam Gopnik on Dec 05 1999

A conventional edited edition is there to elucidate its text; Gardner, on the other hand, plays the text -- goes right round the floor with it, bringing in physics, psychoanalysis, literary history, math and logic -- for the sake of notes that are compressed little essays on all the subjects the text inspires.

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Reviewed by Michael Williams on Oct 21 2001

So if you are the kind of Alice enthusiast who wants to know where the Cheshire Cat got its grin, or what made the Mock Turtle cry, or even the Anglo-Saxon provenance of 'Jabberwocky', this is essential reading.

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