By David Day

ISBN-10: 0385682263

ISBN-13: 9780385682268

This stunning one hundred and fiftieth anniversary version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is additionally a revelatory paintings of scholarship.

     Alice's Adventures in Wonderland--published one hundred fifty years in the past in 1865--is a booklet many people love and consider we all know good. however it seems we've simply scratched the outside. student David Day has spent a long time down the rabbit gap of this kid's vintage and has emerged with a revelatory new view of its contents. What we now have right here, he brilliantly and persuasively argues, is a whole classical schooling in coded form--Carroll's reward to his "wonder baby" Alice Liddell.
     In non-stop commentaries, woven round the whole textual content of the radical for ease of cross-reference on each web page, David Day unearths the various layers of educating, hid through manipulation of language, which are carried so frivolously within the beguiling kind of a fairy story. those layers relate on to Carroll's curiosity in philosophy, heritage, arithmetic, classics, poetry, spiritualism or even to his love of music--both sacred and profane. His novel is a reminiscence palace, given to Alice because the excellent gift of an schooling. It was once added in coded shape simply because in that age, it used to be a present no lady will be accredited to obtain in the other way.
     Day additionally indicates how quite a few the characters within the publication are in keeping with genuine Victorians. Wonderland, he exhibits, is a veritable "Who's Who" of Oxford on the peak of its strength and effect within the Victorian Age.
     there's a lot to be came upon in the back of the imaginary characters and creatures that inhabit the pages of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. David Day's hot, witty and brilliantly insightful guide--beautifully designed and stunningly illustrated all through in complete colour--will make you wonder on the ebook as by no means ahead of.

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Two young college dons in straw hats and white boating suits rowed the three pretty little daughters of the dean of Christ Church upriver on a three-mile expedition from Folly Bridge to Godstow village. They took tea on the embankment, then returned downriver to Oxford just after eight in the evening. The children were delivered home to the Deanery and were in bed before nine o’clock. The poem chronicles this boating expedition. The three Liddell sisters, with their “little arms” and “little hands” (Liddell rhymes with “fiddle” and so sounds like “little”), are drifting lazily along in a boat when they “beg a tale” from an unnamed storyteller and are rowed along by an unnamed oarsman.

He graduated from Oxford with a First in mathematics, a Second in classics and a Third in philosophy and history. Added to this, there was his lifelong fascination with spiritualism and his immense interest in and enjoyment of music both sacred and profane. Each of these themes is to be discovered in this multi-layered story. The primary level of the fairy tale provides the framework for all other levels: historic, philosophic, mythological, theosophical and mathematical interpretations are all possible.

Dodgson was a fan of the theatre, much to the displeasure and embarrassment of his fellow clergy, including his own father. But his rebuttal was that the theatre at its best was doing what the church was failing to do: engaging and enlightening the young. ” This is exactly what Lewis Carroll was attempting with the Alice stories. Wonderland is a kind of memory palace constructed exactly as a cathedral is constructed: as an analog of the world and all its secrets. The magnificence of High Mass in a cathedral will fill the worshipper with wonder, but its great spiritual secrets are hidden in the sacred geometry of its architecture, the deep philosophy of its language and the mathematical complexities of its music.

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