Alice’s Adventures under Ground (by Lewis Carroll)
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DescriptionThis fascinating book is a facsimile of Carroll’s first published version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It is shorter than the more widely published version: some scenes were later added, and other scenes were expanded.
The book contains thirty-three illustrations by the author.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.
It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar and anthropomorphic creatures.
The tale plays with logic in ways that have given the story lasting popularity with adults as well as children.
It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre, and its narrative course and structure have been enormously influential, especially in the fantasy genre.
Alice was published in 1865, three years after the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and the Reverend Robinson Duckworth rowed in a boat, on 4 July 1862, up the River Thames with three young girls: Lorina (13), Alice Pleasance Liddell (10) and Edith (aged 8).
The three girls were the daughters of Henry George Liddell, the Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University and Dean of Christ Church as well as headmaster of Westminster School.
The journey had started at Folly Bridge near Oxford and ended five miles away in the village of Godstow.
To while away time the Reverend Dodgson told the girls a story that, not so coincidentally, featured a bored little girl named Alice who goes looking for an adventure.
The girls loved it, and Alice Liddell asked Dodgson to write it down for her.
After a lengthy delay—over two years — he eventually did so and on 26 November 1864 gave Alice the handwritten manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, with illustrations by Dodgson himself.
Some speculate that was an earlier version that was destroyed later by Dodgson himself when he printed a more elaborate copy by hand, but there is no evidence to support this.