Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

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OUP Oxford, Sep 10, 2009 - Fiction - 297 pages
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'But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked. 'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat. 'We're all mad here.' The 'Alice' books are two of the most translated, most quoted, and best-known books in the world, but what exactly are they? Apparently delightful, innocent fantasies for children, they are also complex textures of mathematical, linguistic, and philosophical jokes. Alice's encounters with the White Rabbit, the Cheshire-Cat, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many other extraordinary characters have made them masterpieces of carefree nonsense, yet they also appeal to adults on a quite different level. Layers of satire, allusion, and symbolism about Victorian culture and politics, as well as revelations about the intricate subconscious problems of their author, add to their fascination and make them impossible to classify. This new edition explores the phenomenal range of reference, and the paradoxical appeal of two of the most inventive books in world literature. It also includes an episode removed by Carroll from the proofs of Through the Looking-Glass, called 'The Wasp in a Wig'. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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Overall, I liked its depiction of how dreams operate. - weRead
... my childhood copy has the best illustrations... - weRead
Caroll is my kind of writer. - weRead
I missed an actual plot. - Goodreads
writer is obviously on drugs.. - weRead
Caroll's writing plays off of itself. - weRead

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The Sun was shinning on the sea and the moon was shining sulkly because she thought the had no busine being ther after the day was done The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking close at hand ... Read full review

Review: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Signet Classics)

User Review  - Heather - weRead

Multiple readings, and this one never gets old. The crazy surreal dream world is still so vividly beautiful. I had fun sharing this one with my kids this time around. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Peter Hunt has written or edited around 20 books on children's literature, and more than 150 articles. He was awarded the Brothers Grimm Award for services to children's literature in 2003. He is one of the editors of the Norton Anthology of Children's Literature (2005) and his other books include An Introduction to Children's Literature (OUP, 1994), Children's Literature: An Illustrated History (OUP, 1995), Children's Literature 1802-1902, An Anthology (Blackwell, 2000) and Children's Literature, A Guide (Blackwell, 2001).

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