Thursday, March 4, 2010

The wait is almost over

I love the story of Alice in Wonderland, who doesn't?
I cannot wait to go see the movie tomorrow, and have been counting down the months, weeks, days and now hours since seeing previews last summer! I can't believe March 5th is almost here! Anyway, here is a little bit of Alice trivia that I found to be interesting and thought you may as well:


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
and
Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll (1832-1898




About the author:


Lewis Carroll's real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. He was the third of eleven children of an Anglican priest, and was a mathematician and a logician who was a lecturer at Oxford University. He was also an accomplished photographer, and a Church Deacon. He is best known for his children's tales, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.



About the book



While on a rowing trip on the river Isis in Oxford with Alice, Lorina and Edith Liddle, the three young daughters of a colleaugue, the children asked Dodgson to "Tell us a story". Alice, aged ten, later begged him to write down the story he had invented and for Christmas 1864 he gave her a hand-printed copy of "Alice's Adventures Underground". The dedication read: "A Christmas Gift to a Dear Child, in Memory of a Summer Day".







In the original manuscript, which Dodgson illustrated himself, Alice was
not the little blonde girl we know today. Instead, she looked like Alice Liddle, for whom he had created the book.


Dodgson later showed the tale to his family and friends, and they convinced himto publish it. The revised and expanded version, with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel, was published by Macmillan and Co. in London in 1865. It was now called: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland".



Below are just some of Sir John Tenniel's original illustrations of The White Rabbit. Many (including myself) have been inspired to create their own art by these fascinating drawings.


You can expect to see more Alice creations from me in the near future, as like so many, I've got Alice Fever!

Thanks for stopping by :)

2 comments:

Pam said...

I got Alice fever too Patty. I can't wait to see the movie. Humm, maybe I need to make some "Alice" signs. :)
Hugs~~Pam

Carol Roll said...

Patty I know your gonna come up with some wonderful creation(s). Thanks for the info. He really had a wild imagination and his words have inspired so many artists to create.