The Alice Companion: A Guide to Lewis Carroll's Alice Books

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One of the most elusive and enigmatic writers of the Victorian era, Lewis Carroll has also proven one of the most durable writers of his age, consistently popular with children and adults alike. The Alice Companion opens a window into the mind of Carroll and his muse, Alice Liddell, as they created the mystical, turbulent, and clever world described in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Jo Elwyn Jones and J. Francis Gladstone provide valuable insights into the life and works of Carroll, adding a crucial, new dimension to our knowledge of Alice's celebrated phantasmagoric wonderland. Unraveling secretive jokes in the Alice stories and their derivations from nineteenth-century Oxford life or uncovering the real life models for such figures as the Dormouse, the Ugly Duchess, and the White Rabbit, the book also provides access to Alice in all her disguises: in film, on the stage, as seen by various illustrators, and as interpreted in different countries. Filled with critical, linguistic, biographical, and bibliographical information, The Alice Companion will prove an indispensable reference on this renowned surrealist writer.

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Jo Elwyn Jones and J. Francis Gladstone both grew up reading Alice in the dark days of World War II. Experienced authors and documentary film-makers, their love for the Alice books has remained undiminished, and between them, they have spent over sixty years exploring the mysterious world of Alice's creator, Lewis Carroll.

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"The Alice Companion presents copious evidence, from firm facts to the slightest of suppositions, which might serve as skeleton keys for the reader eager to pick those cryptic works, revealing what is to be Found There."

-Roy Porter

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