Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Posted by austinburns on May 17, 2006
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
Really good children's novels. For some reason, I thought they would be longer. Some tidbits I found out while reading:
Most of the visual style for the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland came directly from Carroll's illustrator, John Tenniel. From the cards, to Tweedledee and Tweedledum, to the Mad Hatter, I felt like I was looking at cels from the movie when looking at the pictures in the book.
Second, I found out that it's unlikely that Carroll was taking drugs at the time. Growing up, I had heard that he was an opium addict, but that turns out to be a myth. He was a clergyman and a mathmetician. He just really liked kids and decided to write a story to entertain them.
Third, it's unlikely that Dogma's interpretation of The Walrus and the Carpenter (that it's an indictment of organized religion), while a valid interpretation, was probably not the intention of Carroll. Besides being a clergyman, he supposedly gave his illustrator three options that would fit the meter of the poem: a carpenter, a butterfly, or a baronet. Tenniel chose the carpenter. So, it's unlikely that the carpenter had much meaning.
Overall, great read. It was a pretty quick read, but it was good.