Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Norton Critical Edition) / Edition 2

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Norton Critical Edition) / Edition 2

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by Lewis Carroll

ISBN-10: 0393958043

ISBN-13: 9780393958041

Pub. Date: 04/01/1992

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

This Norton Critical Edition reprints the 1897 editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and the 1876 edition of The Hunting of the Snark.
New to the Second Edition is "The Wasp in a Wig," a recently discovered episode Carroll deleted from Through the Looking-Glass, but which fits into the story in interesting ways. Each text…  See more details below


This Norton Critical Edition reprints the 1897 editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and the 1876 edition of The Hunting of the Snark.
New to the Second Edition is "The Wasp in a Wig," a recently discovered episode Carroll deleted from Through the Looking-Glass, but which fits into the story in interesting ways. Each text is accompanied by ample explanatory notes.
"Backgrounds" reprints new selections from recent biographies of Carroll and from recent editions of his diaries and letters.
Our understanding of and appreciation for Carroll’s life and literature are deepened by new contributions from Anne Clark, Tony Beale, E. M. Rowell, and, most revealingly, Carroll himself.
"Criticism" retains seven seminal critiques from the First Edition while adding four important recent essays by Nina Auerbach, Roger Henkle, Robert Polhemus, and Donald Rackin.
A revised and updated Selected Bibliography is also included.

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Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
Norton Critical Editions Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Norton Critical Editions Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
KatMawata More than 1 year ago
It is definitely a great buy if you are using it in the classroom. All the notes really help with a better understanding of not just the book, but the author as well. I personally wasn‘t too fond of it, Alice is an annoying character, but I didnt't hate reading it. I just wouldnt't read it again unless I had to for a class.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
This NCE contains Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, and The Hunting of the Snark. I was pleased with the footnotes, which were helpful in clarifying many of Carroll's jokes. The critical information included some interesting biographies/diaries of Dodgson (Carroll), as well as a few critical essays. I was disappointed in these because although they were mostly good, the editor clearly has some negative feelings about Dodgson's morals and included many unnecessary Freudian-finger-pointing passages. If I were younger or more impressionable, I'd have been left with a very negative view of Dodgson indeed! Because of these attempts at manipulating the readers' good opinions of Dodgson, I wish I had gotten The Annotated Alice instead.
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Carspar289 More than 1 year ago
what can i say? its alice!!!!!!!!
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This book is for a more mature audience. It is not your normal trip to wonderland that is portrayed in the movies. It is a great book for someone with a wild imagination.
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Alice in Wonderland, a magical tale of a small girl¿s journey into a land filled with imagination, was not quite all that I had expected. While this book¿s descriptions of the Cheshire cat, a monarchy made of playing cards, and the Mad Hatter were magnificent, the content of the story did not live up to the hype. At times, the plot skipped from place to place without so much as an explanation and several of Alice¿s actions seemed utterly random. As a character, I did not find Alice to be credible or interesting, she seemed two dimensional and self-centered. While I didn¿t much enjoy the plot of this book, the writing was truly inspiring. Lewis Carroll managed to convey this far- fetched world without a shadow of doubt being cast in the reader¿s mind as to what Wonderland looked like. His ability to write such vivid descriptions alone is a reason to read this book. While describing Alice¿s odd and twisted game of croquet, with hedgehogs in the place of croquet balls, and all the players pushing for their turn, the author managed to convey the humor while not sacrificing any description. For any aspiring writer, this is a worthwhile read, if just for the purpose of observing Lewis Carroll¿s exemplary talent for writing. When I selected this book, my rational was that I had never read Alice in Wonderland, and I felt as if I would be missing something it I didn¿t experience it. After finishing this classic, I believe that I would have been better served by reading it when I was younger. The fantasy aspect of this book is geared towards smaller children, who would probably enjoy this book much more than I did. I felt that the short length of this book did not work to its favor. I would have appreciated a more in depth and complex look at Wonderland. One of the reasons that I did not fully appreciate Alice as a character was that the reader never fully came to understand her. Her actions seemed random, because I did not truly understand her motives. An extra twenty pages could have vastly improve the quality of this book by allowing the reader to obtain a more three dimensional view of Alice and the world around her. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy fantasy or are looking for the overall experience of this classic. I found this story to be enjoyable, but not one of the best I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adventures in Confusion Many people have fond memories of watching Disney¿s adaptation of Lewis Carroll¿s Alice in Wonderland, however, the wonder and amazement encapsulated by the movie is not found in the book. The characters are just as weird, and the setting just as fantastical, but the book comes off more as a random assortment of events rather than a magical journey. Alice¿s adventures seem so random and haphazard that it¿s hard to find meaning in her actions. One moment she is having tea with the mad hatter while the next second she¿s talking with a hookah smoking caterpillar or listening to the laments of a sad donkey like creature. Most events are rather random and could be interchanged with each other and not create a major disruption to the story. The fantastical nature of the characters and setting also adds to confusion. It¿s this randomness and seemingly purposeless propelling of the story that makes the book rather unenjoyable and confusing. A reader who enjoys thinking very hard and deeply about what he/she reads could find Alice in Wonderland very enjoyable, especially when he/she finishes the book, but I found the process to be confusing, hard, and made the reading more of a chore. Also, I¿m not sure if the theme that I have departed from the book with is actually correctly deduced or something that I forced from the book. Alice in Wonderland suffers because the events of the story seem to have no point and the unusualness of the setting and characters adds to the difficulty of finding meaning. Alice in Wonderland is more famous for its adaptation as a children¿s cartoon than as a novel. The difference in the depth of reading between the two is very high, making reading the book more of a chore than a joy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When reading novels similar to Alice in Wonderland, there are many opportunities to dig deeper into the plot to find a hidden meaning within. However, I believe that there is no reason to do so with Alice in Wonderland. Traditionally written for a very young audience, the novel has always maintained the genre of Children¿s Fiction. It is best that the genre not change. Recently, I¿ve noticed that I¿ve been forcing myself to find a deeper meaning in many novels, often forgetting that a deeper meaning might not have been the intent of the author. It is clear that Alice in Wonderland is a prime example of such an action. While I was reading Alice in Wonderland, I found myself pushing to find some hidden, special meaning. However, each of my attempts ended in failure. After repeatedly reading certain selections from the story, I deemed that Alice in Wonderland simply has no further meaning than the words written on the paper. By no means am I saying that this novel lacks a connection to the author, (There are examples found in the novel that show a direct correlation with the childhood of Lewis Carroll.) but I¿m stating that the novel lacks a specific connection to the reader. Many novels require a thorough investigation of the plot and specific situations found within the story. Examples of these findings include: religious views, political views, past experiences, present experiences, what is expected of the future, and many more. However, Alice in Wonderland wasn¿t written to share insight, it was written for the enjoyment of the reader, and nothing else.
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Nonsensical, irrational, and completely refreshing in contrast to its contemporaries, Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, encompasses these things. To enter â¿¿Wonderlandâ¿ is to experience a fantastic plane of existence, with unending parallels to our own time. The setting and imagery allude to a commentary of life as defined by the random complexity of a personâ¿¿s actions. Alice follows the white rabbit down into the rabbit hole. â¿¿Wonderlandâ¿ is found in Aliceâ¿¿s pursuit to cure her boredom, mixed with a growing curiosity of anything interesting. This attitude, to entertain for the primary purpose of passing time, significantly foreshadows the random nature of the world Alice uncovers: a reality not defined by logic, yet by a more simple element of todayâ¿¿s actuality, action and reaction. A bottle labeled â¿¿drink meâ¿ may result in opening the door to the garden, or it may cause a personâ¿¿s neck to grow. Similarly, today a person may take pain medication to ease headaches but later discover certain chemicals in it have given them cancer. Animals that talk, mushrooms that make a person grow or shrink, an entire royal court consisting of a deck of Cards draw the reader into a new state of mind. Therefore when Alice meets a lonely and depressed creature called a â¿¿mock turtle,â¿ the reader instantly thinks of someone they know who lives a perpetual state of self-doubt. The act of experiencing this story causes the reader to draw upon personal understanding to explain the irrational events taking place. The imaginative breadth of this story, establishes Alice in Wonderland as a unique piece of literature. The elements of setting and imagery constitute the arbitrary reality of a world not so different to our own, through action and reaction. Analogously, the effect of reading this story will be a contemplation of life itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lewis Carroll¿s Alice in Wonderland tells the tale of a young girl¿s search for identity. The book captivates its audience by appealing to both the reader¿s sense of fantasy and realism. Realism is explored by following the protagonist, Alice¿s, growth from a confused girl, to a confident young woman. Her adventures, however, take place in the world of Wonderland, giving them a fantasy-like quality. The beginning of the story highlights Alice¿s confusion with her identity. She tries to use large words while speaking, but admits not knowing what these words mean. ¿Alice had not the slightest idea what Latitude was or Longitude either, but she thought they were nice grand words to say¿ (Carroll 5). This demonstrates Alice¿s need to seem like someone she¿s not. Her lack of identity is also shown through her always changing physical size. She is tricked into eating and drinking substances that make her taller and shorter. When asked who she is, she replies that because of her change in size, she does not know. Her superficial idea that identity is connected to appearance is evident in both these examples, and is the essence of her confused identity. As the story progresses her thought process changes. Alice realizes, with the help of a Caterpillar, that changing size does not alter her as a person. This allows her to use the ability to change size to move about successfully in Wonderland. As Alice becomes comfortable with Wonderland, she becomes aware of her personal values. Alice¿s confidence grows. She learns to stand up for herself and her beliefs. Carroll¿s Alice in Wonderland describes finding identity, a theme to which all readers can relate. Its imaginative quality makes it an interesting and exciting read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice in Wonderland The plot of Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll is a story about a young naïve girl named Alice. She falls into another world full of adventure chasing a rabbit that is constantly looking at his watch say ¿I¿m late, I¿m late.¿ Meeting different characters and learning new lessons, she chases the rabbit she adventures through a very different world. I believe this book is amazing because of how much your mind can expand due to the imagination this book offers. I recommend it to people who love reading about different worlds and love expanding their imagination to new heights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would describe the book Alice and wonderland written by Lewis Carroll as a good out of the box read. Carroll clearly has quiet an imagination and keeps you intrigued. Carroll creates the character Alice as a smart girl with quit an imagination. Throughout the book Alice gets all sorts of ideas that she follows through with. She meets many characters along the way that you feel have such a great significance to the book. Some characters have larger parts than others but all the characters are essential. Carroll does a good job of making you feel as if you are in wonderland with Alice. It is so detailed and in depth that you can get a very good visual of what it really looks like. As you read these books at an older age you notice symbols that you didnâ¿¿t notice before when you were younger. I got this book when I was eight. I read it then and it was a good story but I didnâ¿¿t pick up on a lot of the things that I did the second time I read it. The book has a lot of good morals and lessons. I suggest reading the book. This book is really great whether youâ¿¿re a child or an adult. Carroll does a great job of really pulling you into the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very interesting. The author really knows how to think out of the box. But you will fall in love with this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A journey disguised as a is this work by Lewis Carroll. It's a shame that this genius work of art is regarded as a children's book, when in fact it is a very dark tale slicked with subtle adult undertones, and metaphors. There is so much hidden underneath this story, hidden in the rabbit hole if you dare to look for it. Alice is a young girl entering puberty, slowly becoming an adult as she teeters between illusion and reality. As a fourth grader huddled at my desk enthralled with 'Alice in Wonderland', I deeply related, as so will people of all ages. The most unique thing about this tale is that while it tackles a commonly used plot-a young girl on a journey through fantasy-it's far more unique than others. It is highly psychological/ of it's most profound chapters is when Alice, opposed to Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz whose only question is 'Where Am I?'- asks the universal question-'WHO am I?' I urge you to pick up this book, and in doing so go on a journey entering Wonderland, which can be visited, in this fashion...anytime you like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character in this book is Alice because she was funny when she got little she forgot the key and when she remembered it was to heavy for her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book had me reading it page after page for a full day! A timeless classic about a young girl's truly gifted imagination. An excellent choice if you want some fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Alice in Wonderland' by Lewis Carroll begins with young Alice sitting by a river bank with her older sister, feeling bored; while her sister's reads a book containing no pictures or conversation. Suddenly, a white rabbit scampers by, proclaiming that he is very late, as he pulls a pocket watch out of his waistcoat and jumps down a rabbit hole. Curious, Alice follows the white rabbit down the opening. Falling for quite some time through a tunnel covered with bookshelves, maps, pictures, and cupboards, she lands in a wonderland of fanciful people, animals, and situations. Enticing foods and drinks have peculiar effects on Alice as she grows smaller, or taller, with most every taste. Near death experiences present themselves in every corner of the book; for example, when Alice almost drowns in her own tears, (chapter 2), but is saved by a passing mouse; or when she is sentenced to be executed by the Queen of Hearts (chapter 8). Alice meets many interesting characters within the pages of the novel, some of whom are caring and compassionate; such as the Duchess, who tries to find meaning in all aspects of life; but many who are self-serving and thoughtless, such as the Queen of Hearts who cares for no one but herself, constantly screaming, 'Off with their heads.' Alice¹s journey in Wonderland ends with a trial defending her life, as she is sentenced to death by the Queen. She is able to see the injustice in the courtroom and takes matters into her own hands by voicing her opinions and standing up for her beliefs against her adversaries. Alice leaves Wonderland a stronger and more mature young woman, who will one day share her adventures with children of her own. 'Alice in Wonderland' is a piece reflecting on personal growth and individual maturing, Lewis Carroll uses Alice as an extended metaphor of oneself to convey his message.

Seemingly simplistic, 'Alice in Wonderland' is a complex novel of metaphorical morals and lessons. Alice's adventures parallel the journey from childhood to adulthood. The challenge for Alice is to grow into a strong and compassionate person despite the difficult obstacles she meets. She must learn the rules of each new encounter, but in the end she must also retain a sense of justice and develop of sense of herself. Through this process Carroll shows the adaptation of which a good child may become a strong adult. Alice comes into numerous new situations in which adaptability is absolutely necessary for success. She shows marked progress throughout the course of the book; in the beginning, she can barely maintain enough composure to keep herself from crying. By the end of the novel, she is self-possessed enough and able to hold her own against the most baffling Wonderland logic. Even her growth is metaphorical as she entered Wonderland as a tiny version of herself, but she will leave a giant.

Guest More than 1 year ago
Alice in Wonderland is a magical fairy tale that takes place in a Wonderland. I read the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I found this book to be very intriguing and satisfying for a fairytale novel. In Alice in Wonderland it shows a lot of good lessons and morals throughout the story. Lewis Carroll did a good job of writing the story. He made Alice in Wonderland such a detailed book and story line that it made you feel like you were right beside Alice throughout the story. When I picked do read the book Alice in Wonderland I was expecting it to be like Disney¿s video version of Alice in Wonderland, I was very surprised to see that the book is nothing like the movie. I think everybody should read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Lewis Carroll has a very creative imagination and his creativity makes the story very enjoyable. When you are reading the story you can picture the characters and settings and get a very good visual. The language and style content fits the plot and story very well. In Alice in Wonderland he made it so each and every character has significance in the story, some of the characters roles are bigger than others. I loved the setting Alice in Wonderland was in Wonderland was such a magical enchanting land. I think reading fairy tales makes people feel good even though they are not true it makes people feel that everything will be all right. The way the story progresses while you are reading is remarkable everything fits together so well. I wish I had somebody that acted the way the White Rabbit did he was very logical and down to Earth. I think the White Rabbit was a very interesting character in the story. Everything in the story was very mysterious and unique from the White Rabbit talking, to the potions, flowers. Queen of Hearts, and just Wonderland in general. I would definitely recommend the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll to other people so they could read a book that is very detailed and magical. Alice in Wonderland is a fantasizing story. My favorite character is the Cheshire cat with the grin and it fading in and at its convenience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. The edition that I read was very different from Disney¿s version of Alice in Wonderland. I think kids should have to read Alice in Wonderland it is a very good book with good lessons and morals. I am in the 9th grade and from reading the book I realized a lot of lessons and morals, I can¿t say I learned the lessons but it reinforced them in my head. One of the lessons that I noticed in Alice in Wonderland is that you should never prejudge somebody before you get to know them always get to know them, often people are not what they seem or how they act the first time you meet them. In Alice in Wonderland there is another example that a lot of times two people or characters that are totally opposite become best friends that is a very important lesson to keep in mind. The author of this story Lewis Carroll did a good job giving details and information throughout the entire story. He made you think that you were right in the story with Alice and the White Rabbit; you could get a picture of the settings and characters in your mind. I think the name Wonderland was a very good name for the story to take place in because everything that happened was kind of unique and mysterious. I think the White Rabbit was a very interesting character in the story. They started the story a very good way by Alice drifting a sleep and starting to dream this led us into the setting of Wonderland. Everything we were told about Wonderland made it seem to be a very unique and lovely land. Alice first noticed the White Rabbit when he went running by looking at a pocket watch saying Oh dear; oh dear I shall be late for a very important date! Alice was very curious when she saw the White Rabbit run by her in a hurry. Alice decided to follow the White Rabbit to see where he was going in such a hurry. The White Rabbit still in a hurry went rushing down a rabbit hole. Alice followed the White Rabbit down this hole it seemed as she was falling for hours and hours. On her way down the rabbit hole Alice noticed little cupboards, shelves, and books, along with other things that she assumed were the White Rabbit¿s things. Once Alice landed from the rabbit hole she could still see the Rabbit so she continued after him. Alice lost the White Rabbit she was in a long hallway with several doors she tried them all but they were all locked. Just as she was going to give up she came across a table with a bottle on it and inside the bottle was a little gold key. Alice lifted up a blind covering the window and there was a little door that the small golden key fit into. Alice peeked through the door she saw the prettiest garden she had ever seen bright beautiful flowers. Alice realized there was a small table beside the little door on the table there was a bottle with a tag that had the words Drink me on it. Alice drank a little bit of the stuff in the bottle then drank a little bit more until it was all gone. All of a sudden Alice felt weird all over she was shrinking to a very small little girl. Alice was thrilled about this for now she could fit through the door. Alice went to go through the door but discovered she had left the golden key on the table and now she was to short to reach the key to open the door to go to the garden. Alice tried to reach the key every way she could she started to cry. Alice began to eat some currants she thought surely eating this would make her bigger or smaller and she would get into the garden. Alice had grown so much that when she was crying it became a river of tears. After a while Alice heard the White Rabbit coming back. The White Rabbit saw Alice and dropped his gloves and fan. Alice was swimming in her river of tears with a mouse and some ducks they swam towards shore. When they all arrived on shore they were sopping wet the mouse said he knew a way to become dry. The creatures and Alice were having races. The White Rabbit came back he was looking for his van and gloves he hollered M