Alice: A Double Edition Journey

Welcome, dear readers, to a magical journey into the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll’s iconic tales, “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground” and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” In this special double edition, we invite you to rediscover the enchanting narratives that have captivated hearts for over a century.

Lewis Carroll, the pen name of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, penned these timeless tales in the company of a young Alice Liddell during a boat trip on a fateful July 4th, 1862. Inspired by Alice’s curiosity and charm, the story evolved into the manuscript “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground.” Carroll’s relationship with Alice, though mysterious, played a pivotal role in shaping these enduring classics.

The manuscript, initially a Christmas gift to Alice, became a collector’s item, eventually finding a home in the British Library. Carroll’s passion for photography, particularly capturing the innocence of childhood, influenced both his literary and visual creations. Controversy surrounds his relationship with Alice, yet their friendship undeniably contributed to the birth of the “Alice” books.

This double edition celebrates the evolution of Carroll’s vision. The first part, “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” showcases the original handwritten and illustrated manuscript, emphasizing the intricate connection between Carroll and his muse. The second part, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” introduces Sir John Tenniel’s renowned illustrations, which shaped the perception of the story during the Victorian era.

Brazilian artist Zansky adds a contemporary twist with unique illustrations, presenting a fresh perspective on the Wonderland narrative. His reinterpretation, while respecting the original concepts, highlights the universal appeal of Alice’s adventures across cultures and ages.

The graphic design, meticulously crafted by Ana Santiago, pays homage to the story’s themes. Typography changes mimic Alice’s size transformations, and vibrant colors infuse each chapter with distinct energy.

The introduction to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” delves into the creative process, from Carroll’s initial manuscript to the collaboration with illustrator John Tenniel. The book’s success led Carroll to write a sequel, “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” cementing his legacy in children’s literature.

Carroll’s final revisions in 1897 added a layer of orality to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Our edition respects these changes, providing readers with a glimpse into the author’s last artistic decisions. The double edition, encompassing both the initial and final versions, invites you to witness the literary journey from inception to perfection.

As you turn the pages of this double edition, envision yourself beside Lewis Carroll, navigating the creative currents that birthed Wonderland. The contrasting stages of production offer a unique perspective into Carroll’s imagination, allowing readers to experience the wonder that enchanted the Liddell children on that mythical afternoon. This edition is not just a collection of stories; it’s a testament to the enduring magic of Alice’s adventures. Embrace the enchantment and embark on a journey through the rabbit hole once more. Wonderland awaits!


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