The Hunting of the Snark

The Hunting of the Snark

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by Lewis Carroll, Henry Holiday
     
 

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A masterpiece of nonsensical verse by the enigmatic author of Alice In Wonderland inspired by the serendipitous line "For the Snark was a Boojum, you see", which Lewis Carroll claimed occurred to him while on a stroll one day. The adventures of a motley crew in search of an elusive prey, The Hunting Of The Snark is a fantasy that sails along on magical…  See more details below

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A masterpiece of nonsensical verse by the enigmatic author of Alice In Wonderland inspired by the serendipitous line "For the Snark was a Boojum, you see", which Lewis Carroll claimed occurred to him while on a stroll one day. The adventures of a motley crew in search of an elusive prey, The Hunting Of The Snark is a fantasy that sails along on magical language, surreal images, and an undercurrent of sly humor.

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From the Publisher
"Delightfully surreal...save this book for the brightest and most adventurous young word-worms on your holiday shopping list...Singh's daring illustrations will appeal to older children eager to leave the world of candy-colored cuteness behind."
New Yorker

"At last, the legend of the brave, if peculiar, companions who set out to bag a snark (arming themselves "with forks and with hope") gets lavish treatment from [Mahendra] Singh....These may be the fittest illustrations ever created for Carroll's distinctively Victorian nonsense concoctions."
—Laura Miller, Salon

"[C]hallenging and delightful."
Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness

"It is not children who ought to read the words of Lewis Carroll."
G.K. Chesterton

"Singh's black-and-white surrealistic treatment of Carroll's classic poem is perfect...takes the ideology of Carroll's nonsense to new visual levels. Far beyond a simplistic, literal depiction of the poem, each panel is thoughtfully created, filled with puzzles, jokes, and allusions."
Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140434910
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.32(d)

Meet the Author

Oxford University mathematics professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898), under his pen name Lewis Carroll, created some of the most brilliant, original and uniquely inventive literature in the English language. He is most famous for three magical works: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, and the witty, whimsical and ever-elusive The Hunting of the Snark.
 
When pressed to explain the meaning of The Hunting of the Snark, Carroll invariably replied that he did not know. “I’m very much afraid I didn’t mean anything but nonsense!” he wrote in a letter to friends, “Still, you know, words mean more than we mean to express when we use them: so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer meant. So, whatever good meanings are in the book, I’m very glad to accept as the meaning of the book. The best I’ve seen is…that the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness. I think that fits beautifully in many ways.”
 
About the Artist
Mahendra Singh is an illustrator and longstanding Lewis Carroll aficionado. He is a member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and an editor for their journal, the Knight Letter. For Singh, creating the illustrations for The Hunting of the Snark "has been a labor of love—fitting Lewis Carroll into a proto-Surrealist straitjacket with matching Dada cufflinks."

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Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
January 27, 1832
Date of Death:
January 14, 1898
Place of Birth:
Daresbury, Cheshire, England
Place of Death:
Guildford, Surrey, England
Education:
Richmond School, Christ Church College, Oxford University, B.A., 1854; M.A., 1857
Website:
http://www.lewis-carroll-birthplace.org.uk/

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The Hunting of the Snark 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
then you need to read this poem. Having the same flavor of nonsense that you find in the poetry included in the Alice books, this poem 'in Eight Fits' satisfies the need for a third Alice book. I'd rate this as being on a par with the Alice books, and much better than the other works of Dodgson, like 'Sylvie and Bruno'. I think you should also limit your first purchase of this book to one with the original illustrations. And, remember, the Snark WAS a Boojum.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Where the cats chew beetlenut all day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is snowclan territory. Be glad blazestar hasnt seen you yet. -Shamrockleaf~deputy of snowclan