Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Paperback Book

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Paperback

Illustrated by Sir John Tenniel

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


With an Introduction and Notes by Michael Irwin, Professor of English Literature, University of Kent at CanterburyThis selection of Carroll's works includes Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking-Glass, both containing the famous illustrations by Sir John Tenniel.

No greater books for children have ever been written.

The simple language, dreamlike atmosphere, and fantastical characters are as appealing to young readers today as ever they were. Meanwhile, however, these apparently simple stories have become recognised as adult masterpieces, and extraordinary experiments, years ahead of their time, in Modernism and Surrealism.

Through wordplay, parody and logical and philosophical puzzles, Carroll engenders a variety of sub-texts, teasing, ominous or melancholy.

For all the surface playfulness there is meaning everywhere.

The author reveals himself in glimpses.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9781853260025

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Along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, I reread this one nearly ever year. I enjoy it a lot, but it will never be quite as beloved as Alice.

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I had a terrible time trying to read this as a kid. It made no sense to me at all, and I didn't enter into the spirit of the nonsense one bit -- I thought it was all incredibly stupid, and I couldn't understand the fuss at all. This time, trying to read it for a class, I found it more of interest just because I was thinking about the way it's constructed, the audience, the themes which I think do come through the nonsense. (For example, the issue of identity is undeniable, with Alice constantly wondering whether she's the same person as she was the day before.)But I'm afraid I still don't feel particularly enthusiastic. It really does seem to be nonsense mostly for the sake of nonsense, in many ways, and I've never got on with that.

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