The Annotated Alice

The Annotated Alice

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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.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2000.
ISBN: 9780393048476
0393048470
Branch Call Number: 823.8 Carro
Characteristics: xxviii, 312 pages : illustrations

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English mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson wrote this classic children's tale under the pseudonym "Lewis Carroll" but he is also known for his study of Euclid's Elements.


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MelissaYAReader
Feb 05, 2017

A fun, light-hearted, and somewhat trippy read. I love how you just fall into Alice's vivid dreams of unusual characters and crazy exotic worlds. Fun and brilliant.

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Quetzlzacatenango
Aug 02, 2015

Having never read the Alice books but seen so many screen adaptations this was a very interesting read for me. I see this as one of the first books published for kids but with an underlying complexity to make it enjoyable for adults as well. Martin Gardner's annotations bring the history and intricacies to life creating a very rich experience and introduction into the Carrollian world. It's well laid out though there are some times when the footnotes exceed the story and some page flipping is involved but it's minimal and completely worthwhile. Also, the inclusion of Tenniel's detailed illustrations completes the presentation though I wish they could have been a bit larger for a closer inspection.

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rplohmann
Apr 19, 2012

Alice bears many readings, with always a surprise awaiting the next perusal. How this creation works as a book with appeal both to children and to adults is a marvel.

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Siliverien
Apr 29, 2011

Why does it have to be ANNOTATED?!! I can't find the original book!

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AdrienneC
Aug 09, 2005

Looking for a French or German translation of the poem Jabberwocky? Need to know how many of John Tenniel''s illustrations are caricatures of real people? Wondering who the real Alice was? Look no further: Martin Gardner''s THE ANNOTATED ALICE (definitive edition) will answer any and every question you could have on Lewis Carroll''s ALICE IN WONDERLAND and ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. This beautiful edition includes the full text of both books, plus all of the original Tenniel illustrations. Extensive footnotes augment and explain the pictures and text, to a dizzying level of detail. A must-read for any fan of the Alice books.

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