Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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9780030020377: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Since it was first published in 1865, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has become one of the most beloved children's books ever written. Noted for its fantastic plot and brilliant use of nonsense, the book can be read on many levels and appeals as much to adults as to children. The incredible creatures who inhabit Wonderland have attracted hundreds of illustrators, each of whom has interpreted Carroll's work in a different way. Now, Michael Hague has created his own unique versions of the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Chesire Cat, and all the other strange creatures who fill Alice's world

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Source of legend and lyric, reference and conjecture, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is for most children pure pleasure in prose. While adults try to decipher Lewis Carroll's putative use of complex mathematical codes in the text, or debate his alleged use of opium, young readers simply dive with Alice through the rabbit hole, pursuing "The dream-child moving through a land / Of wonders wild and new." There they encounter the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, the Mock Turtle, and the Mad Hatter, among a multitude of other characters--extinct, fantastical, and commonplace creatures. Alice journeys through this Wonderland, trying to fathom the meaning of her strange experiences. But they turn out to be "curiouser and curiouser," seemingly without moral or sense.

For more than 130 years, children have reveled in the delightfully non-moralistic, non-educational virtues of this classic. In fact, at every turn, Alice's new companions scoff at her traditional education. The Mock Turtle, for example, remarks that he took the "regular course" in school: Reeling, Writhing, and branches of Arithmetic-Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision. Carroll believed John Tenniel's illustrations were as important as his text. Naturally, Carroll's instincts were good; the masterful drawings are inextricably tied to the well-loved story. (All ages) --Emilie Coulter

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The Broadview Literary Texts series is an effort to represent the ever-changing canon of literature in English by bringing together texts long regarded as classics with valuable, though lesser-known literature.

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