Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury by Lewis Carroll
  

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Written by Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
Part of the Walker Illustrated Classics Series

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Abundantly illustrated with warmth and humour by Helen Oxenbury, the memorable cast of characters are to be found in all their glory here in this edition, from Alice herself to the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat. Her illustrations complement quite beautifully Carroll's story of logic and lunacy that has delighted young and old alike since its first publication back in 1865.

It is part of the Walker Illustrated Classics, a new series which brings together some of the best-loved stories ever told, illustrated by some of today's finest artists. These exquisitely designed books, with their magnificent words and glorious pictures, are a pleasure to read - and re-read. The classics have never looked so good.

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Synopsis

Alice's Adventures In Wonderland - Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury by Lewis Carroll

Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award. Part of a series which brings together some of the best-loved stories, this book presents "Alice in Wonderland" illustrated with pictures.

A word from Helen Oxenbury:

I was introduced to Alice by my mother who had loved it as a child. She read it to me when I was about 8 and many of Carroll's jokes and much of his wonderful nonsense went over my head, but she must have passed on her enthusiasm, because I have read it many times since then and my enjoyment grows with each reading.

The Walker Illustrated Classics - Twelve large format classic children's books illustrated by today's finest artists will be published this year, perfect for building the definitive children's classic library:

The Wind in the Willows - January

Classic Poetry - February

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - March

The Secret Garden - April

The Jungle Book - May

Alice through the Looking Glass - June

Moby-Dick - July

Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - August

A Christmas Carol - September

Classic Fairy Tales - October

Gulliver's Travels - November

Pinocchio - December

Reviews

'An 'Alice' for the new millennium, a triumph of design and rare quality. Helen Oxenbury perfectly captures the dreamlike qualities suggested in Carroll's famous classic.' Guardian

'The illustrations are glorious and faultless. Oxenbury's got everything right: atmosphere, emotion, character. her Alice is fesity and contemporary but timeless too.' Time Out

About the Author

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll was born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson on January 27, 1832, the eldest son and third of eleven children born to Frances Jane Lutwidge and the Reverend Charles Dodgson. Carroll had a happy childhood. His mother was patient and gentle, and his father, despite his religious duties, tutored all his children and raised them to be good people. Carroll frequently made up games and wrote stories and poems, some of which were similar to his later published works, for his seven sisters and three brothers.

He was educated at Richmond School in Yorkshire, Rugby School and Christ Church, Oxford. Although his years at Rugby School (1846–49) were unhappy, he was recognized as a good student, and in 1850 he was admitted to further study at Christ Church, Oxford.

He graduated in 1854, and in 1855 he became mathematical lecturer at the college, where he was a somewhat eccentric and withdrawn character. This permanent appointment, which not only recognized his academic skills but also paid him a decent sum, required Carroll to take holy orders in the Anglican Church and to remain unmarried. He agreed to these requirements and was made a deacon in 1861.

Carroll loved to entertain children, and it was Alice, the young daughter of Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, who can be credited with his pinnacle inspiration. Alice Liddell remembers spending many hours with Carroll, sitting on his couch while he told fantastic tales of dream worlds. During an afternoon picnic with Alice and her two sisters, Carroll told the first iteration of what would later become Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. When Alice arrived home, she exclaimed that he must write the story down for her.

He fulfilled the small girl's request, and through a series of coincidences, the story fell into the hands of the novelist Henry Kingsley, who urged Carroll to publish it. The book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was released in 1865. It gained steady popularity, and as a result, Carroll wrote the sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, which contained the nonsense poem classic The Jabberwocky (1871). By the time of his death, Alice had become the most popular children's book in England, and by 1932 it was one of the most popular in the world.

Unlike most of the children's books of the day, Alice and through the Looking Glass did not attempt to convey obvious moral lessons. Nor did they contain what critics have tried to insist are there—hidden meanings relating to religion or politics. They are delightful adventure stories in which a normal, healthy, clearheaded little girl reacts to the "reality" of the adult world. Their appeal to adults as well as to children lies in Alice's intelligent response to ridiculous language and action.

Carroll published several other nonsense works, including The Hunting of the Snark (1876), Sylvie and Bruno (1889), and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded (1893). He also wrote a number of pamphlets poking fun at university affairs, which appeared under a fake name or without any name at all, and he composed several works on mathematics under his true name. In 1881 Carroll gave up his lecturing to devote all of his time to writing.

Lewis Carroll died of bronchitis in his sister's home in Guildford on 14 July, 1898.

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Format

Paperback
208 pages
Interest Age: From 7

Author

Lewis Carroll
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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

2nd March 2009

ISBN

9781406316230

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