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The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass [Paperback]

Lewis Carroll , Martin Gardner , John Tenniel
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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25 Oct 2001
'A landmark, bringing together a lifetime's work on Lewis Carroll by writer and mathematician Martin Gardner. He dazzles on Carroll's puzzles and games of logic and entertains on everything from Alice's influence on the Beat poet Jack Kerouac to howmercury in hat linings turned hatters mad...it is unsurpassed' - Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times 'The indispensable guide to a classic of English literature...no one who has ever wondered about the meaning of 'Jabberwocky' should fail to include on their Christmas list' - Robert McCrum, Observer

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140289291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140289299
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A landmark, bringing together a lifetime's work on Lewis Carroll by writer and mathematician Martin Gardner. He dazzles on Carroll's puzzles and games of logic and entertains on everything from Alice's influence on the Beat poet Jack Kerouac to how mercury in hat linings turned hatters mad...it is unsurpassed' - Jackie Wullschlager, Financial Times 'The indispensable guide to a classic of English literature...no one who has ever wondered about the meaning of 'Jabberwocky' should fail to include on their Christmas list' - Robert McCrum, Observer

About the Author

Martin Gardner is the undisputed king of Carroll scholarship. He is also the author of many books on mathematical puzzles in Penguin. Now 87-years old, he lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

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Alice1 was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversations?" Read the first page
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely twist to a great book 1 April 2003
By Particular Press VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Everyone thinks they know about Alice in Wonderland - my own 'knowledge' comes from years of obsessive viewing of the superlative Disney feature as a child - but this terrific little book will prove you wrong. There are enough notes in here to keep even the most apathetic reader pacified; and the book is designed in such a way that the notes aid the reader, rather than becoming a constant pain. Presented alongside the text (reproduced with original Tenniel drawings of the characters) the notes are immediate and gripping, and whether you are studying this book or merely reading it for pleasure, i can thoroughly reccommend this edition. Well worth your money and your time.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alice: wealth of academic wit revealed. 29 Mar 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is Martin Gardner's classic edition of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking-Glass, annotated to explain, for the modern reader, the wealth of hidden references in the books: mathematics, chess, logic, Victorian politics, the original poems Carroll parodied, and much more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource 28 Aug 2009
Format:Paperback
This text is extremely useful. I bought it to aid my teaching of A Level Language and Literature spec B, ELLB2. Whilst the annotations are not strictly relevant to the course objectives they will certainly help to broaden students understanding of Carroll, his influences, his intended audience and the social context of the time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The only problem with this book is that the footnotes (which are placed in the margins of the book) are in very small print, which makes them hard to read. Everything else about the book is great - Carroll's Alice stories are as entertaining and readable now as they must have been over a hundred years ago. The notes help to reveal the complexity and subtlety underlying what on the surface appears to simply be a surreal meandering tale. I very much enjoyed revisiting a story that I appreciated as a child, to discover that it was extremely clever and well-constructed.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book, dreadful production 26 Jun 2010
By Will
Format:Paperback
I bought this as a replacement for a copy which, like so many others, got lent to a friend and never got returned. I was very disappointed when it arrived. My old copy was about 3 cm thick. This version was half that thickness. I soon found why. The text of "Alice" was very small, the print of the annotations in the margins, which is the reason for buying the book in the first place, is so tiny I find difficulty in reading it, even with my brand new glasses from Specsavers. This, far from being "the definitive edition" as is claimed on the cover, is a cheaply produced version whose only merit is that it saves a tree at the expense of becoming virtually useless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius, Of Course 20 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I believe any comment on the stories themselves to be superfluous (they are world classics, childhood distilled and caught in amber forever) and it goes without saying that Martin Gardner's footnotes only enhance the pleasure to be found here. The product description and the other reviews here say it all... I only wished to note that for the completist who really wishes to know Carroll's work inside out (are we fanatics? Perhaps, perhaps) then the Penguin Classics centenary edition prepared by Hugh Haughton (with lengthy introduction and even more extensive annotations then found here) is an absolute must and complements this edition perfectly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This edition may answer all the questions you may have had about the "Alice" books as well as providing answers to questions you didn't even know you had. Martin Gardner's extremely detailed footnoting informs the reader about the background to the humor of the time in which Lewis Carroll lived and wrote. In addition, Gardner sheds light on the various controversies surrounding the books as well as Carroll's relationship with the young girl who was the real-life inspiration for the "Alice" figure- Carroll's muse, so to speak. Oddly, one would think that all the foot-notes would make reading this edition a rather plodding or cumbersome affair. My experience was just the opposite. Exactly the foot-notes make the reader want to read further, if only to discover the next secret revealed. One doesn't just enjoy this book as a modern reader, one comes as close as I think one can in experiencing the joy of the first readers of the books from the time of Lewis Carroll. You won't be disappointed. Alexander Stevenson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic 27 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
If you like Lewis Carroll, then you will absolutely adore "The Annotated Alice". Nearly everything - poem, nuance, riddle, illustration - is explained in detail, and the only possible disappointment that could be highlighted is that it does not contain a rendering of the original manuscript and illustrations used by Carroll for the original private edition "Alice's Adventures Underground". Yet that query only came about after having noticed that the Penguin Classics edition contained it, and that does not stop me from saying that THIS is the edition of "Alice in Wonderland" to get. Whether you are a student, an academic or an amateur enthusiast, I am certain that you will find a great deal of interest within "The Annotated Alice".
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5.0 out of 5 stars LIKE IT
I LOVED THE BOOK AND ITS STATE. VERY CLEAN AND NEW, AND WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR BASICALLY FOR MY STUDY.
Published 18 months ago by SHAWBO
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I hadn't realised how old this book is; and this copy only available from USA. It oddly explains a lot of words perfectly normal in Britain but there are also interesting insights... Read more
Published 18 months ago by MAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Annotated Alice: Definative edition
Nice item, well-printed, much better and larger format than previous edition, had Pelican large format edition in 1970's, lent it to a boyfriend who thought Alice was 'childish... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Caroldoc
4.0 out of 5 stars Annotated Alice - Definitive
This is a very interesting book: the whole of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, plus omitted parts and lots of wide-ranging notes - in fact, so wide-ranging, that... Read more
Published on 17 July 2011 by Robert Bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars Language is worth a thousand pounds a word. This is priceless!
For those of you who have discovered and love Lewis Carroll's masterworks `Alice in Wonderland' and `Alice through the looking glass (and what Alice found there)', filled with its... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2011 by W. Swales
5.0 out of 5 stars Annotated Alice
Excellent book. Clearly written and enjoyable to read. So good several friends have bought their own copies!
Published on 10 July 2010 by Mr. W. Leigh Thomas
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My first impressions of this book were that it was like reading C.S. Lewis on cheap drugs. Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2008 by Steven R. McEvoy
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