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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (The Centenary Edition)

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First published in 1865, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was an immediate success, as was its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass.

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Publisher's Synopsis
"I had sent my heroine straight down a rabbit-hole... without the least idea what was to happen afterwards," wrote Charles Dodgson, describing how Alice was conjured up one "golden afternoon" in 1862 to entertain his child-friend Alice Liddell. His dream worlds of nonsensical Wonderland and the back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom depict order turned upside-down: a baby turns into a pig, time is abandoned at a disordered tea-party and a chaotic game of chess makes a seven-year-old girl a Queen.

But amongst the anarchic humour and sparkling word play, puzzles, paradoxes and riddles, are poignant moments of elegiac nostalgia for lost childhood. Startlingly original and experimental, the Alice books provide readers with a double window on both child and adult worlds.

Reviews
"Absurd and riddling parables of narrative and linguistic innocence, but also allegories of philosophical sophistication and perverse intellectual wit, constructed around the adventures of a seven-year-old middle-class Victorian girl."       ~Hugh Haughton

Excerpt
"What matters it how far we go?"
His scaly friend replied,
"There is another shore, you know,
Upon the other side.
The further off from England
The nearer is to France -
Then turn not pale, beloved snail,
But come and join the dance.
Will you, won't you, will you,
Won't you, will you join the dance?  
Will you, won't you, will you,
Won't you, won't you join the dance?"

Editor Haughton, Hugh
Author Carroll, Lewis (Charles Dodgson)
Illustrator Tenniel, John
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 357 pp.
Publisher Penguin Books 1998
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