Happy Birthday, Lewis Carroll

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.
“Oh, you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.”
“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.
“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 6)”

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
(Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 6)

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said: “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
(Through the Looking Glass, Chapter 5)

“Then you should say what you mean,” the March Hare went on.
“I do,” Alice hastily replied; “at least–at least I mean what I say–that’s the same thing, you know.”

In honor of Lewis Carroll’s birthday, Brainpickings.org put out a fantastic article chock full of the best illustrations from his book, Alice in Wonderland. I never knew that Salavdor Dali created a fantastical array of illustrations based off the book. It was a tough call between all the artists, but Dali’s work just blew me away.

“In 1969, Salvador Dalí was commissioned by New York’s Maecenas Press-Random House to illustrate a special edition of the Carroll classic, consisting of12 heliogravures — one for each chapter of the book and an original signed etching in four colors as the frontispiece. Distributed as the publisher’s book of the month, the volume went on to become one of the most sought-after Dalí suites of all time — even rarer than Dalí’s erotic vintage cookbook and his illustrations for Don Quixote, the essays of Montaigne, Romeo and Juliet, The Divine Comedy.” ~ Brainpickings.org

alicedali1Frontispiece


alicedali2

Down the Rabbit Hole

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A Caucus Race and a Long Tale

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Advice from a Caterpillar

alicedali8Mad Tea Party

6 Comments Add yours

  1. sourgirlohio says:

    Those are amazing! Thanks for posting.

    1. Sure thing. There are a ton more on the site brainpickings.org. 🙂

  2. My favorite book ever!

  3. How interesting the words of Lewis Carroll and Salvador Dalí’s heliogravures just delightful…makes me want to read this book again….warm regards Karen

    1. I know, what a combo! 🙂

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