The Westminster Alice: A political parody based on Lewis Carroll's Wonderland

The Westminster Alice: A political parody based on Lewis Carroll's Wonderland


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Saki was the pen-name of Hector Hugh Munro, an author and playwright best known for his subtle and witty short stories. He wrote these Wonderland-inspired vignettes for the "Westminster Gazette", and in 1902 these were collected and published together as "The Westminster Alice". Saki's stories use Lewis Carroll's Wonderland to criticize and parody early twentieth-century British politics-and do so with great ingenuity and cleverness. Francis Carruthers Gould's astute illustrations add to the enjoyment. A preface and footnotes by John Alfred Spender and afterword by Hugh Cahill help guide the reader into understanding and appreciating the context of Saki's parodies-though the fun they make of politicians needs no explanation! This second edition contains a previously uncollected chapter, "Alice Wants to Know".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782011477
Publisher: Evertype
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the 2010 edition

Foreword to the 1927 edition

Dedication to the 1902 edition

I. Alice in Downing Street

II. Alice in Pall Mall

III. Alice at Lambeth

IV. Alice and the Liberal Party

V. Alice Anywhere but in Downing Street

VI. Alice in Difficulties

VII. Alice at St Stephen’s

VIII. Alice Lunches at Westminster

IX. Alice in a Fog

X. Alice has Tea at the Hotel Cecil

XI. Alice goes to Chesterfield

XII. The Aged Man

XIII. Spades in Wonderland

XIV. Alice Wants to Know

His Own Inventions

Afterword to the 2010 edition

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