Item description for Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll...
Carroll's classic stories reunited with Peake's celebrated illustrations, restored for the first time to their original glory. In the 1940s, Gormenghast trilogy author Mervyn Peake was commissioned to produce a series of seventy pen-and-ink drawings to accompany Lewis Carroll's two classics, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Previously admired for his illustrations of Treasure Island and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Peake set to work, producing such luminous, eccentric images that Graham Greene would later refer to him as 'the first artist since Tenniel to recast Alice in a contemporary mould.' In these editions, Peake's marvelous illustrations, many of them originally drawn on poor quality wartime paper, have been meticulously reproduced as they were meant to be seen. Thanks to a combination of old-fashioned craft and cutting-edge computer technology, the delightful images shine for the first time in over two decades alongside Carroll's fantastically eccentric text. With introductions by modern literary masters Will Self and Zadie Smith, these beautifully designed and printed books are the perfect gift for adults and children alike. AUTHORBIO: Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98), a.k.a. Lewis Carroll, was a lecturer in Mathematics at Oxford University when he wrote Alice in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1871). Mervyn Peake (1911-68) was an artist and writer. His illustration credits include Treasure Island, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and the Brothers Grimm's Household Tales. As a novelist, he is best known for his Gormenghast trilogy.
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Studio: Bloomsbury USA
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.65" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.97" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2001
Publisher Bloomsbury USA
ISBN 1582341753 ISBN13 9781582341750
Availability 0 units.
More About Lewis Carroll
"Lewis Carroll," creator of the brilliantly witty Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, was a pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a shy Oxford don with a stammer. He was born at Daresbury, Cheshire on January 27, 1832, son of a vicar. As the eldest boy among eleven children, he learned early to amuse his siblings by writing and editing family magazines. He was educated at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he lectured in mathematics from1855 to 1881. In 1861 he was ordained as a deacon. Dodgson's entry into the world of fiction was accidental. It happened one "golden afternoon" as he escorted his colleague's three daughters on a trip up the river Isis. There he invented the story that might have been forgotten if not for the persistence of the youngest girl, Alice Liddell. Thanks to her, and to her encouraging friends, Alice was published in 1865, with drawings by the political cartoonist, John Tenniel. After Alice, Dodgson wrote Phantasmagoria and Other Poems (1869), Through the Looking-Glass (1871), The Hunting of Shark (1876, and Rhyme? and Reason? (1883). As a mathematician Dodgson is best known for Euclid and His Modern Rivals (1879). He was also a superb children's photographer, who captured the delicate, sensuous beauty of such little girls as Alice Liddell and Ellen Terry, the future actress. W.H. Auden called him "one of the best portrait photographer of the century." Dodgson was also an inventor; his projects included a game of arithmetic croquet, a substitute for glue, and an apparatus for making notes in the dark. Though he sought publication for his light verse, he never dreamed his true gift-telling stories to children-merited publication or lasting fame, and he avoided publicity scrupulously Charles Dodgson died in 1898 of influenza.
Lewis Carroll was born in 1832 and died in 1898 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Christ Church College, Oxford.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There?
About the Mid-Century Heritage Press Edition, Illustrated in Slipcase Dec 17, 2008
This review relates to the Heritage Press edition, as released in the 1940's and re-released in 1969.
One of Heritage's most successful designs - a classic, playful, but elegant piece of work with relatively large (18 point type) and two color printing throughout.
The Tenniel drawings are all here, banded by blue, and reproduced with a beautiful amount of detail on lovely cream-white stock with a vellum finish.
Designer W. A. Wiggins has bound the book in blue linen with details in stamped indigo and silver binding foil.
In silver slipcase with an introduction by John Winterich and Carroll's preface, 200 pp.
Soso Dec 4, 2008
Though this book is not much better than Alice's Adventures, the chess motif and theme does make the book much more interesting. With the bossy, dominant Red Queen and the quiet, kind, messy white queen, the book is a study in contrasts.
The interweaving of the Nursery Rhyme Characters and the frequent fish poetry references does provide more continuity and a sense of sequential events than Alice's first adventure. I also appreciated the linking of the cat at the beginning and end of the story.
It does still feel like Carroll did way too many opium pipes in his time.
(First written as Journal Reading Notes in 1999.)
Good read but don't quite get what it has to do with migraines? Oct 14, 2008
I was at a medical info site reading about visual or eye migraines. I'd had them in the past but forgot whe facts about them. One thing they suggested was to read this book and included the link to this page at this site.
Everything C.S. Lewis wrote is worthy of reading and quite well written I just missed the connection.
Anyway if you want a way out there fantasy this is a great one.
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There Apr 14, 2008
They have done a wonderful job of recreating the origninal feel of the work using beautiful illustrations, quality paper. A wonderful gift for any child, or for a grandparent to read to a child.
The most childish book ever! Apr 13, 2007
Through the Looking Glass by Louis Carrol is a great book if you like imaginary places and mixed up things as well as little kid stories I would recamend this book to kids 11 and under because it seems like a really little kid book!The main place the character goes is the looking glass and she finds a magical world where everything is backwards! The first thing Alice see's is the garden and not just any old garden with any old flowers in it. It was a magical garden with talking flowers. Alice is now strolling through the flower jungle when all of a sudden she bumpes into Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum. After that they take her to meet the white queen. Will Alice meet the white queen? If she does will the white queen be as polite as nice as Alice expected? After Alice got out of the flower forest she wan'ts to meet the white king so Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum take her to see the white king and while Alice was talking to him the king took her to the castle to meet some of the people he knows and really the things wern't really people they were................?
The next part of my paragraph that I wan't to talk to you about the characters of through the looking glass. The main character is Alice she is so smart and so pretty and so young. The next two people I want to talk to you about are two idiots who are not so- smart and not so-small that are Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum they are so loud and rude they make a slob look neat. Another character is the white queen she is such a vrat she is ro rude Alice thinks she will explode if she said one more word. The white king is the last character that I want to talk to you about he is nice to Alice and not even as close to rude as the white queen is!