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Carroll Lewis : Annotated Alice (Meridian) Paperback – 28 Feb 1991

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; annotated edition edition (28 Feb. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452010411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452010413
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 593,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A scholarly analysis accompanies the text of Carroll's work about Alice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
No need to "Go Ask Alice" when you have the Annotated one 15 Jun. 2002
By Lawrance Bernabo - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps no other set of works in literature benefits more from annotation than "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Class." Martin Gardner, the author of a regular monthly column on recreational mathematics for "Scientific American," provides expert commentary on all the jokes, games, puzzles, tricks, parodies, obscure references and other curiosities with which Lewis Carroll saturated his writing. That means that you will find out who was the original model for the Chesire Cat and how the "Jabberwocky" poem translates into French. Actually, the definitions of all of those strange words in "Jabberwocky" is quite a load off of my mind. Besides, this edition also contains the full text of each tale, together with all of the original Sir John Tenniel illustrations in their proper places. The annotation runs concurrently with the text and Gardner also provides an introduction that covers both the story of how the books came to be written and some of the most interesting analyses of Carroll's works, such as those always fun Freudian interpretations. The bottom line is that either one of these books gets 5 stars by itself, so when you put the two of them together and add all this annotation, there is nothing to complain about. This is the perfect book for re-reading these books; I would never send anybody here for their first exposure to Alice, but once they are hooked on Carroll's sublime nonsense this will open up a whole new dimension or two (or three) of his work for them.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Flagship Edition of the Modern Tradition of Annotated Editions 11 April 2006
By B. Marold - Published on
Format: Paperback
'The Annotated Alice' with annotations done by Math and Games writer, Martin Gardiner may be the first, and is certainly the best known annotated edition of a popular classic, followed by annotations of other major popular classics such as the complete Sherlock Holmes and 'The Hobbit'.

It is especially interesting to compare the Alice stories with Tolkien's novels, as both series of works are enhanced by their authors' love and professional involvement with language studies. The difference is that while Tolkien was a philologist, Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) was a logician, so their slant on words and wordplay are a lot different. Tolkien is the poet of names and Carroll is the weaver of paradoxes and nonsense. Both, however, benefit from exegesis for those of us who are neither philologists nor logicians.

Carroll's works also need heavy annotation for his references to people and events of his day as they are masked by metaphorical references in the Alice books.

Reading these stories with Gardiner's annotations is virtually the only way to fully appreciate these works. Buy it!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for Alice fans 16 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Alice in Wonderland is an extraordinarily fascinating and delightful story, replete with jokes, puzzles, and nonsense of the highest order. But in order to appreciate it fully, the modern, non-Victorian reader requires some guidance, as well as an adequate background on the man and the times that produced Alice. Martin Gardner, the greatest figure ever in recreational mathematics, provides readers with all the information they need to appreciate this story at its various levels. This book occupies a place of privilege in the library of every serious Alice fan.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
In a word: WONDERFUL. (And I mean that literally) 8 Nov. 1999
By Mr Mark Brimicombe - Published on
Format: Hardcover
As the cover says:
Said Gardner to Carroll,/ Come let us not quarrel/ 'Bout Looking-glass logic/ Or Wonderland lore
I'm a man without malice,/ I'll annotate Alice,/ Yes, I'll wake up the Dormouse/ And tell him the score.
I'll translate the Jabberwock,/ Show who the turtles mock,/ Tame the Mad Hatter,/ And analyse Chess,
I'll spice and I'll season/ Your rhyme with my reason,/ And we two'll give Alice/ A new party dress.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This book is necessary, in all senses of the word 12 April 2000
By "rocketmorton" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Victorian-era readers of Lewis Carroll's delightful fantasies knew the poetry and song and public figures referred to; we moderns need to have the jokes explained to us, and Martin Gardner does a masterful job of it. We're fortunately past the more bizarre Freudian and Marxist interpretations of Alice that Gardner takes to task in his preface, but Gardner's annotations survive, as they should. The White Knight's encounter with Alice is heartbreaking when you know the background information, the lyric the White Knight's doggerel alludes to. By all means, give this to children at risk of being pithed by exposure to a certain indigo reptile; as children, they'll appreciate the story, and as they mature, they'll appreciate the commentary, and you'll have saved a budding intellect.
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