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Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

By Lewis Carroll

First edition, 2009. Illustrations by John Tenniel. Cathair na Mart: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-904808-38-2 (paperback), price: €12.95, £10.95, $15.95.

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“Don’t stand chattering to yourself like that,” Humpty Dumpty said, looking at her for the first time, “but tell me your name and your business.”    
“My name is Alice, but—”    
“It’s a stupid name enough!” Humpty Dumpty interrupted impatiently. “What does it mean?”    
Must a name mean something?” Alice asked doubtfully.    
“Of course it must,” Humpty Dumpty said with a short laugh: “my name means the shape I am—and a good handsome shape it is, too. With a name like yours, you might be any shape, almost.”    
Humpty Dumpty

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a tale of summer which Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) published for the first time in July 1865. Many of the characters in the book belong to a pack of cards. This story is a winter's tale, which Carroll first published in December 1871. Much of this second story is based on the game of chess.

The heroine of the two books is Alice Liddell, daughter of the Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where Dodgson taught mathematics. Although Alice Liddell was born in 1852, twenty years later then Dodgson, she is kept in the two books as a little girl of seven years of age, the age she was when she Dodgson met her for the first time. It is clear from the pieces of poetry at the beginning and the end of this book that Carroll was very fond of Alice Liddell. One must remember, however, that Alice's parents and Carroll fell out in 1864 and that he saw her very rarely after that date.


   

 
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