Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass

by Lewis Carroll

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Overview

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

When Trough the Looking glass was published in 1871, readers were as delighted with that book as they were with Lewis Carroll's first masterpiece, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the topsy-turvy world that lies beyond the looking-glass, Alice meets such fantastical characters as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, Humpty Dumpty, and the Jabberwock.

For over 120 years John Tenniel's superb illustrations have been the perfect complement to Lewis Carroll's timeless story. This is the first edition of Looking-glass to reproduce Tenniel's exquisite drawings from engravings taken directly from the original woodblocks. Here, Tenniel's fine line work is far crisper, delicate shadings are reproduced with more subtlety, and details never seen before are now visible.

The pictures for the first edition of Looking-glass were created by transferring the artist's drawings to woodblocks. These original blocks served as masters from which metal plates were made for printing. Unfortunately, these plates deteriorated from the repeated pressure applied during the printing process, and over time, many of the fine lines in Tenniel's pictures simply vanished.

The original woodblocks disappeared and were believed lost; then, in 1985 they were discovered in a London bank vault. Now, for the first time, engravings from these woodblocks have been used to produce a deluxe gift edition. At last, readers can see the Looking-glass that Carroll and Tenniel had originally intended.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781727818031
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/17/2018
Pages: 90
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.19(d)

About the Author

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (27 January 1832 - 14 January 1898), better known by his pen name Lewis Carroll, was an English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon, and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, which includes the poem "Jabberwocky", and the poem The Hunting of the Snark, all examples of the genre of literary nonsense.

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

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Chapter One

Looking-Glass House

One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it : -- it was the black kitten's fault entirely. For the white kitten had been having its face washed by the old cat for the last quarter of an hour (and bearing it pretty well, considering) ; so you see that it couldn't have had any hand in the mischief.

The way Dinah washed her childrens faces was this : first she held the poor thing down by its ear with one paw, and then with the other paw she rubbed its face all over, the wrong way, beginning at the nose : and just now, as I said, she was hard at work on the white kitten, which was lying quite still and trying to purr -- no doubt feeling that it was all meant for its good.

But the black kitten had been finished with earlier in the afternoon, and so, while Alice was sitting curled up in a corner of the great armchair, half talking to herself and half asleep, the kitten had been having a grand game of romps with the ball of worsted Alice had been trying to wind up, and had been rolling it up and down fill it had all come undone again ; and there it was, spread over the hearth-rug, all knots and tangles, with the kitten running after its own tail in the middle.

"Oh, you wicked wicked little, thing!" cried Alice, catching tip the kitten, and giving it a little kiss to make it understand that it was in disgrace. "Really, Dinah ought to have taught you better manners ! You ought, Dinah, you know you ought! " she added, looking reproachfully at the old cat, and speaking in as cross a voice as she could manage -- and then she scrambled back into thearm-chair, taking the kitten and the worsted with her, and began winding up the ball again. But she didn't get on very fast, as she was talking all the time, sometimes to the kitten, and sometimes to herself. Kitty sat very demurely on her knee, pretending to watch the progress of the winding, and now and then putting out one paw and gently touching the ball, as if it would be glad to help if it might.

"Do you know what to-morrow is, Kitty? " Alice began. "You'd have guessed if you'd been up in the window with me -- only Dinah was making you tidy, so you couldn't. I was watching the boys getting in sticks for the bonfire -- and it wants plenty of sticks, Kitty ! Only it got so cold, and it snowed so, theyhad to leave off. Never mind, Kitty, we'll go and see the bonfire to-morrow." Here Alice wound two or three turns of the worsted round the kitten's neck, just to see how it would look : this led to a scramble, in which the ball rolled down upon the floor, and yards and yards of it got unwound again.

"Do you know, I was so angry, Kitty," Alice went on, as soon as they were comfortably settled again, "when I saw all the mischief you had been doing, I was very nearly opening the window, and putting you out into the snow ! And you'd have deserved it, you little mischievous darling! What have you got to say for yourself ? Now don't interrupt me! " she went on, holding up one finger. "I'm going to tell you all your faults. Number one: you squeaked twice while Dinah was washing your face this morning. Now you can't deny it, Kitty : I heard you ! What's that you say? " (pretending that the kitten was speaking.) "Her paw went into your eye ? Well, that's your fault, for keeping your eyes open -- if you'd shut them tight up, it wouldn't have happened. Now don't make any more excuses, but listen ! Number two : you pulled Snowdrop away by the tail just as I had put down the saucer of milk before her! What, you were thirsty, were you ? How do you know she wasn't thirsty too ? Now for number three: you unwound every bit of the worsted while I wasn't looking !

"That's three faults, Kitty, and you've not been punished for any of them yet. You know I'm saving up all your punishments for Wednesday week -- Suppose they had saved up all my punishments!" she went on, talking more to herself than the kitten. "What would they do at the end of a year ? I should be sent to prison, I suppose, when the day came. Or -- let me see-- suppose each punishment was to be going without a dinner : then, when the miserable day came, I should have to go without fifty dinners at once ! Well, I shouldn't mind that much! I'd far rather go without them than cat them !

"Do you hear the snow against the windowpanes, Kitty ? How nice and soft it sounds !

Just as if some one was kissing the window all over outside. I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently ? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt ; and perhaps it says, 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.' And when they wake up in the summer, Kitty, they dress themselves all in green, and dance about -- whenever the wind blows -- oh, that's very pretty!" cried Alice, dropping the ball of worsted to clap her hands. "And I do so wish it was true! I'm sure the woods look sleepy in the autumn, when the leaves are getting brown.

"Kitty, can you play chess ? Now, don't smile, my dear, I'm asking it seriously. Because, when we were playing just now, you watched just as if you understood it: and when I said 'Check!' you purred! Well, it was a nice check, Kitty, and really I might have won, if it hadn't been for that nasty Knight, that came wriggling down among my pieces. Kitty, dear, let's pretend --"

Through The Looking Glass. Copyright © by Lewis Carroll. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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"Renée Raudman's straightforward narration of Carroll's beloved classic provides a pleasant alternative to other more theatrical renditions." —-AudioFile

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Through the Looking-Glass 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 191 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why purchase this book for a couple of dollars when there is a free version? It is exactly the same.
civilwargirl More than 1 year ago
Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll is the sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Carroll does not fail in this absurd romp through Looking-Glass Land. The story is full of the Topsy-turvey dialog that made Wonderland a classic. A fun read!
Grace Morton More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it isn't really suposed to make a lot of sense. This is a good choice for you if you like amazing creatures and nonsensical poetry. Overall I think this book is beautifly written, well illustrated, and a classic!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never get tired of the nonsensical characters and language. I love the language and the world. Fun and whimsical.
HippieLunatic on LibraryThing 2 days ago
I was not thoroughly impressed with this book, at least with the prose portions of it. I will have to give Carroll credit, though. His poetry is able to calm the fiercest roars of my infant.Perhaps it would have helped my view of the book had I read Alice in Wonderland first.
MsNikki on LibraryThing 3 days ago
The follow-up to Alice in Wonderland. I simply could not ignore the sequel, if I dare call it that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Life, what is it but a dream."
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
How many people think that they know a number of classic books when what they really know is the popular movie (or television) version of said books. For instance, who thinks that they know The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, or Peter Pan? And who thinks that they know Alice in Wonderland, when what they really know is the Disney animated or the Johnny Depp (or, my god, the Carol Channing) filmed versions? For those who don't already know, what we often refer to as "Alice in Wonderland" is actually two different books: The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There. When asked what my favorite book is, I have a difficult time answering. Often it's whatever great book I'm currently reading or have just finished. But when pressed for a different answer I usually say "The Alice in Wonderland books" because they were one of my earliest favorites and they are two of the very few books that I still re-read every few years. Dover Thrift Editions is a publisher that specializes in reprinting books and like the publishing title suggests, there isn't anything new or special going on here. There's no new editor's notes or annotations here. This is a 'thrift' edition. It's the original book, reprinted, and for something as glorious and creative as this Alice in Wonderland sequel, that's more than enough. In many ways this entire book is a metaphor for the game of chess. The savvy reader will note a number of chess references all throughout and in fact the Preface notes a chess game that is laid out before the reader - but take heart...it's a little difficult to play if you follow the rules of chess strictly. The book features Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee (and you thought they were in the first book!), and the poem "The Jabberwocky" appears here, and even Humpty Dumpty shows up in this book (though Humpty is not a Lewis Carroll creation). The book is just as absurd as the first in the series, but Alice actually seems to have a little more spirit and the story seems to have just a bit more of a plot, rather than simply having absurd things happening to the little girl, which for me, makes this just slightly more enjoyable. I'm not sure when it was that I last read this, but I did not remember the sequence on the train, early in the book. I hope I don't say that again after the next time I read this. If for some reason you don't enjoy the story, this book is worth having on your shelf just for the beautiful drawings by Sir John Tenniel. You really can't beat this book (or these two books) by Lewis Carroll for their absurd, whimsical nature and pure, child-like manner of addressing absurd situations. How absurd does an adult world appear to a child - our social and moral mores that we dance around, and the way we often talk around an issue, rather than straight on. This book simply magnifies the strange world we live in, and does so in such a kind way. Looking for a good book? Thank Dover for reprinting Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll, and for keeping this wonderful classic in front of the reading public. It continues to deserve an audience. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy Alice's trip through the mirror much better than her more famous adventure in Wonderland because of the increased creativity and the more focused plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good that you die
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It is a tad confusing, but its still one of my fav books. Funny and interesting, and highly recomended :o)
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It seems a little piontless to even try reading. It's just a run-on from the original, which still wasn't very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE LEWIS CARROL!!!! he writes THE best books!!!
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good book :) love lewis carroll
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Alice in wonderland is one of my favorite stories, but i like through the looking glass better. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!