Posted by Hattie Wilson, Marketing Executive
It has been almost 150 years (148 to be exact), since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The book became a classic, publishing in different versions within Carroll’s lifetime. A labyrinth of anthropomorphic characterisations, songs and poetry, symbols, and puzzles, Lewis Carroll’s Alice novels have been popular with adults and children alike. In Zoe Jaques and Eugene Giddens’s new book, the writers reveal a publishing history of the stories that is almost as magical and mysterious as the stories themselves. Jaques and Giddens investigate the journey of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass’s publication and subsequent conversion into print, film, song and toys. Through this examination, the authors reveal the shifting attitudes of and towards the child reader.
Review: ‘This will surely become the definitive work on the publishing history of the “Alice” books for some time to come. A must for every serious scholar of the ultimate “crossover” texts. Eminently readable as well as erudite.’ Morag Styles, University of Cambridge, UK
The Ashgate Studies In Publishing History: Manuscript, Print, Digital series is edited by Ann R. Hawkins and Maura Ives.
Coming Soon: Charles Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend (February 2014)