Monday, December 3, 2007

Lewis Carroll: The Complete Illustrated Works

Author: Lewis Carroll

First line: After lunch on July 4, 1862, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a thirty-year-old Oxford mathematics don and clergyman (later to become universally known as Lewis Carroll) met the three daughters of the dean of his college, Christ Church, for a boating excursion up the river Isis.

Why you should read this book: Collected here we have the sum of Carroll's fantastic works for children: not only the Alice stories with their accompanying Tenniel drawings, but the tales of the little fairies Sylvie and Bruno, "The Hunting of the Snark," other whimsical poems, and all sorts of mathematical puzzles. One special feature is a reproduction of the original handwritten manuscript, illustrated by Carroll himself, and presented to the Liddell sisters as a Christmas gift some time after that magical, golden afternoon of Alice's birth. An excellent edition for the scholar or fan.

Why you shouldn't read this book: You think Walt Disney invented Alice.

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