Humorous Verse of Lewis Carroll

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This is the largest collection of Lewis Carroll's verse ever compiled. It contains almost every poem that Carroll ever wrote. It includes every prose appearing in his books published during his life, privately printed poems, ephemera, poems from manuscripts found among his papers, and from "The Rectory Magazine,"...
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"The editors have performed a task for addicts will be grateful. There is nothing for the faithful to do but to sit down and fall to the banquet." — The New York Times
This is the largest collection of Lewis Carroll's verse ever compiled. It contains almost every poem that Carroll ever wrote. It includes every prose appearing in his books published during his life, privately printed poems, ephemera, poems from manuscripts found among his papers, and from "The Rectory Magazine," Collingwood's "Lewis Carroll Picture Book," "Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll," and rare 19th century periodicals. This is the only place of publication for much of this verse.
This volume contains 150 different poems, offering perhaps the finest whimsy ever written. There are parodies, burlesques, riddles, whimsies, ballads, songs (one with Carroll's own music), extravaganzas, acrostics, and other types, including several of his serious poems. Many poems are annotated to explain contemporary allusions, and this edition retains 130 original illustrations by Tenniel, Frost, Holiday, Furniss, and Carroll himself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486206547
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1960
  • Series: Dover Humor Series
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 940,780
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll (1832–98) was the pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge University. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel, Through the Looking Glass, are rich repositories of his sparkling gifts for wordplay, logic, and fantasy.


Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, was a man of diverse interests -- in mathematics, logic, photgraphy, art, theater, religion, medicine, and science. He was happiest in the company of children for whom he created puzzles, clever games, and charming letters.

As all Carroll admirers know, his book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), became an immediate success and has since been translated into more than eighty languages. The equally popular sequel Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, was published in 1872.

The Alice books are but one example of his wide ranging authorship. The Hunting of the Snark, a classic nonsense epic (1876) and Euclid and His Modern Rivals, a rare example of humorous work concerning mathematics, still entice and intrigue today's students. Sylvie and Bruno, published toward the end of his life contains startling ideas including an 1889 description of weightlessness.

The humor, sparkling wit and genius of this Victorian Englishman have lasted for more than a century. His books are among the most quoted works in the English language, and his influence (with that of his illustrator, Sir John Tenniel) can be seen everywhere, from the world of advertising to that of atomic physics.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (real name)
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 27, 1832
    2. Place of Birth:
      Daresbury, Cheshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      January 14, 1898
    2. Place of Death:
      Guildford, Surrey, England

Table of Contents

  My Fairy
  Brother and Sister
  Rules and Regulations
  As it fell upon a Day
  Ye Fattale Cheyse
  "Lays of Sorrow, No. 1"
  "Lays of Sorrow, No. 2"
  The Two Brothers
  The Lady of the Ladle
  She's all my fancy painted Him
  Photography Extraordinary
  "Lays of Mystery, Imagination, and Humor, No. I: The Palace of Humbug"
  The Mouse's Tale (Early version)
  The Mock Turtle's song (Early version)
  Upon the Lonely Moor
  Miss Jones
  How Doth
  The Mouse's Tale
  Father William
  The Duchess's Lullaby
  The Mad Hatter's Song
  The Mock Turtle's song
  Alice's Recitation
  Turtle Soup
  Evidence read at the Trial of the Knave of Hearts
  Christmas Greetings
  The Walrus and the Carpenter
  Humpty Dumpty's Recitation
  The White Knight's Ballad
  The Red Queen's Lullaby
  Welcome Queen Alice
  The White Queen's riddle
  "Acrostic: A boat, beneath a sunny sky"
  "Prologue to "La Guida di Bragia"
    Canto I : The Trystyng
    Canto II : Hys Fyve Rules
    Canto III: Scarmoges
    Canto IV : Hys Nouryture
    Canto V : Byckerment
    Canto VI : Dyscomfyture
    Canto VII : Sad Souvenaunce
  A Sea Dirge
  Ye Carpette Knyghte
  Hiawatha's Photographing
  A Valentine
  The Three Voices
  Tèma con Variaziòni
  A Game of Fives
  "Poeta fit, non Nascitur"
  Size and Tears
  Atalanta in Camden-Town
  The Lang Coortin'
  Four Riddles
  Fame's Penny-Trumpet
  Ode to Damon
  Those Horrid Hurdy-Gurdies !
  My Fancy
  The Majesty of Justice
  The Elections to the Hebdomadal Council
  The Deserted Parks
  "The new Belfry of Christ Church, Oxford"
  The Wandering Burgess
  A Bachanalian Ode
  Examination Statute
  Fit the First: The Landing
  Fit the Second: The Bellman's Speech
  Fit the Third: The Baker's Tale
  Fit the Fourth: The Hunting
  Fit the Fifth: The Beaver's Lesson
  Fit the Sixth: The Barrister's Dream
  Fit the Seventh: The Banker's Fate
  Fit the Eighth: The Vanishing
  "Acrostic: Little maidens, when you look"
  "To three puzzled little Girls, from the Author"
  Double Acrostic: I sing a place wherein agree
  Three little Maids
  Three Children
  Two Thieves
  "Two Acrostics: Round the wondrous globe. Maidens, if a maid you meet"
  Double Acrostic: Two little girls near London dwell
  "Acrostic: "Are you deaf, Father William ?"
  Acrostic: Maidens! If you love the tale
  "Acrostic: Love-lighted eyes, that will not start"
  To M.A.B.
  "Acrostic: Maiden, though thy heart may quail"
  Love among the Roses
  Two Poems to Rachel Daniel
  The Lyceum
  "Acrostic: Around my lonely hearth, to-night"
  To my Pupil
  To my Child-Friend
  A Riddle
  A Limerick
  Rhyme? And Reason?
  A Nursery Darling
  Maggie's Visit to Oxford
  Maggie B?
  "Acrostic: Is all our Life, then, but a dream"
  The Mad Gardener's Song
  The Warden's Charm
  Peter and Paul
  Bruno's Song
  The Three Badgers
  Lady Muriel's Song
  "Acrostic: Dreams, that elude the Waker's frenzied grasp?"
  The King-Fisher Song
  Matilda Jane
  What Tottles Meant
  The little Man that had a little Gun
  A Song of Love
  The Pig-Tale
  Three Sunsets
  The Path of Roses
  The Valley of the Shadow of Death
  Stolen Waters
  The Willow-Tree
  Only a Woman's Hair
  The Sailor's Wife
  After Three Days
  Faces in the Fire
  A Lesson in Latin
  Puck Lost and Found
Index to First Lines
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