The Annotated Alice

The Annotated Alice

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-glass

Book - 2000 | Definitive ed
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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 : Norton, c2000
Edition: Definitive ed
ISBN: 9780393048476
Branch Call Number: 823.8 C31A
Characteristics: xxviii, 312 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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Dec 24, 2019

I just ignore the notes.

Oct 07, 2018

I found I was just reading the forewards and fascinating footnotes. The extensive annotations will distract you from properly enjoying the actual novels if you have not already read them but once you have done so, if you feel compelled to own them, this is the definitive edition to have.

Jul 31, 2018

When I read the Alice books as a kid, I thought they were funny in places but generally a little weird. When I re-read them in high school, I thought they were hilarious. Then, reading this as an adult, I could understand even more of the humor as well as some of the philosophical discussions. I recommend these books to others now, but always with the caveat: find the annotated version!

This particular edition of the annotated version is spectacular, with scores of illustrations by John Tenniel (the originals), Lewis Carroll himself, Arthur Rackham, Beatrix Potter, Salvador Dali, and many others (many of the pictures resemble the original "Oz" illustrations because of the "art nouveau" style that was so popular slightly after Lewis Carroll's time; others look like trippy 1970's rock album art; still others are classic "storybook" images). Hidden in the text is also a small photograph of the original Alice, age seven, for whom the books were written.

By the way, the German version of "Jabberwocky" simply needs to be recited over and over; and (everybody probably already knows this) the original stories have very little to do with the Tim Burton movies, though the Disney is a little closer.

Jul 28, 2018

Having grown up with Walt Disney's animated take on the stories, I only first read the original material- in this annotated form, no less- a few years ago. And I found that the annotations helped me to better understand the various references peppered throughout. (I do wish, however, that each footnote could have stayed on the page where it appears, instead of continuing on to another; it gets very distracting...)

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.

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.

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.

Apr 29, 2011

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

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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