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The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, The Annotated Alice is a landmark event in the rich history of Lewis Carroll and cause to celebrate the remarkable career of Martin Gardner.


For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1959, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is beloved by both families and scholars—for it was Gardner who ...
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The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition (The Annotated Books)

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Overview

The culmination of a lifetime of scholarship, The Annotated Alice is a landmark event in the rich history of Lewis Carroll and cause to celebrate the remarkable career of Martin Gardner.


For over half a century, Martin Gardner has established himself as one of the world's leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. His Annotated Alice, first published in 1959, has over half a million copies in print around the world and is beloved by both families and scholars—for it was Gardner who first decoded many of the mathematical riddles and wordplay that lay ingeniously embedded in Carroll's two classic stories, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.


Forty years after this groundbreaking publication, Norton is proud to publish the Definitive Edition of The Annotated Alice, a work that combines the notes of Gardner's 1959 edition with his 1990 volume, More Annotated Alice, as well as additional discoveries drawn from Gardner's encyclopedic knowledge of the texts. Illustrated with John Tenniel's classic, beloved art—along with many recently discovered Tenniel pencil sketches—The Annotated Alice will be Gardner's most beautiful and enduring tribute to Carroll's masterpieces yet. 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393241839
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/14/2013
  • Series: Annotated Books
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 217,134
  • File size: 18 MB
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Meet the Author

Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), the pen name of Oxford mathematician, logician, photographer and author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, is famous the world over for his fantastic classics Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass, The Hunting of the Snark, Jabberwocky, and Sylvie and Bruno.
The many works of Sir John Tenniel (1820-1914) include many humorous and political cartoons for Punch and other periodicals of the time, but he is best known for his illustrations of the original editions of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Class.
Martin Gardner (1914-2010) is the author of more than seventy books, including Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and The Colossal Book of Mathematics.

Biography

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2000

    Alice as it is Meant to be Read

    Gardner's wonderful research leads such terrific insight into the life of Carroll, giving the reader deeper understanding of Alice's wonderful adventures. The mathematical and logical puzzles that Charles Dodgson found so thrilling in his life are accurately chronicled here and in an easy to read format. I found Gardner's notes revealing the story behind the story gave more of an appreciation to what is unarguably one of the finest works of English literature. A truly wonderful book, a necessity for Carrollians and a delight for young and old alike.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2014

    Highly Recommended for any fan of Lewis Carroll

    This book popped onto my radar a month ago, thanks to the happy fact that Martin Gardner was selected as the inspiration for this year's Mathematics Awareness Month. While perusing his publications, I chanced upon this one, and decided to immediately add it to my nook library. All of the annotations are collected at the end of each chapter and are linked by number in the text, making it easy to switch between text and note. All of Tenniel's illustrations and a number of other illustrations and drawings which are referenced in the notes are included. There is a thorough section referencing books, articles and stage/film productions which should keep any Carroll enthusiast busy.

    I am delighted to add this to my library as a companion to my mother's Henry Altemus edition of Through the Looking Glass.

    There is one glitch, just one, that occurred as I was reading the e-book, and it didn't occur until I got to the chapter heading about Lewis Carroll Societies, where due to my changing to a larger font, the "S" was left hanging at the end of the first line, and the "ocieties" was nicely centered on the next line. A curious sort of event in a book that sets about exploring the curiosities of Carroll's masterpieces.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

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    GET THE ALICE FROM "THE" EXPERT ON ALICE & LEWIS CARROLL

    Virtually EVERYONE has seen adaptions of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.

    If you want to read the real story I say get the one with THE EXPERT on Lewis Carroll AND Alice in Wonderland.

    MARTIN GARDNER... 1914 - 2010 A REAL POLYMATH RIP

    My thoughts are with you and yours. Thank you... I found Mr Gardner's Scientific American column back in high school. It was tough waiting for the next month, so I was going back in old issues and getting his books on so many topics... from magic... to Lewis Carroll & Alice in wonderland plus advanced math topics I thank you for feeding my multiple interests... I strive to be a fraction of the renaissance man that you are I found about his formal education much later. "His mathematical writings intrigued a generation of mathematicians, but he never took a college math course. " My respect increased even more.

    I recently found out he edited Humpty Dumpty pushing his influence far further back than I ever realized.

    RESOURCES ON MARTIN:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Gardner http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/24/us/24gardner.html

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

    Love the classics.

    This is a beautifully bound book. Of course, it is a classic and it is nice to have both stories in the same book. It is also great to have an annotated version which gives historical perspective. We bought it as a gift to contribute to a collectible library for our son.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

    Generational Treasure

    A few weeks ago, my preteen granddaughter and I saw the new Alice in Wonderland movie and we both enjoyed this film. Shortly thereafter, I gifted her with the original book with John Tenniel's illustrations. She is now rereading this book. When I asked her why she said the book is so imaginative that she just wants to keep reading it. I asked if she minded that the book's illustrations were so different than the movie version and she said the original illustrations fit better with the story. Out of the mouths of babes!

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Book shelf staple! Annotated Alice is such a dream!

    This version is the best version to own as a reference and to read. I love Lewis Carroll's Wonderland and with these annotations it makes it so much more wonderful. I bought this copy after writing a bit on LOST and it's Alice tendencies and since then I've gotten back into wonderland. Children don't read this as much anymore because it is deemed too scary or not appropriate. I disagree. It is a perfect time for kids to get into literature and this is the way to do it! This will be on my bookshelf for years to come!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2009

    the best

    This is the best annotated Alice in print. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted January 8, 2009

    "curiouser and curiouser"

    Alice¿s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a very strange book, like me. That is why I like it. :3 This book includes a lot of puns, wordplay and many references to the era in which it was first written and published. But it is still a very fun and enjoyable book to read and understand, even if you yourself were not born in 19th Century England. This book is about a little girl named Alice, who is described as a very curious girl. One day as she is leisurely sitting under a tree, when she sees a white rabbit, frantically hurrying along, holding a pocket watch and all the while yelling, ¿Oh dear! Oh Dear! I shall be too late!¿ Being Alice, she decides to follow the little rabbit down its rabbit hole. This book is all about Alice¿s adventures down the rabbit hole, known as Wonderland. Of course, this book is a work of fiction and I would recommend it for all ages. I am sure that anyone would enjoy reading this book. It is about 120 pages and worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    An excellent tale.

    Lewis Carroll is a master of the English language. This is a timeless book for all ages. It is absolutely a book one must read before you die! This particular edition is one to cherish for a lifetime.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2003

    Alice in Wonderland

    Alice In Wonderland Signet Classic, 2000, 240 pp., $4.99 By Lewis Carrol ISPN 0451527747 Alice is a girl who prefers to snooze instead of doing her schoolwork. She likes to use her active imagination in her dreams. The story starts out when Alice is sitting outside under a tree. She sees a white rabbit with a pocket watch, who says that it is late for something, but Alice doesn¿t understand what he is talking about. She wants to find out more about this rabbit and starts following the rabbit across the daisy field and down the rabbit hole. This is how Alice gets in Wonderland. In Wonderland Alice meets the queen, the king, and the Cheshire cat. The queen is a mean, bossy woman, and if you do not listen to her you will get your head chopped off (she is also very corpulent). The king is a very thin man that is scared to death of his wife (the queen). The Cheshire cat is purple with pink strips and has a very large grin. He likes to play tricks by disappearing and reappearing. These weird and interesting characters are why this book is so exciting. I like the comedy in this novel. I thought the book was strage; that¿s why I thought it was funny. I would recommend this book to dreamers (anyone who dares to dream) because the theme of this book is about how dreaming can take you anywhere. By a sixth grader

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    An Excellent Resource

    Yes, you need this book! First, read a non-annotated copy of the Alice books, then read this version. Your appreciation of the books will be enhanced immeasurably and you will probably want to send Mr. Gardner a thank you card.

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