Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
  • Publication Date: November 30, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781554812417 / 1554812410
  • 464 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

  • Publication Date: November 30, 2015
  • ISBN: 9781554812417 / 1554812410
  • 464 pages; 5½" x 8½"

First published in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland began as a story told to Alice Liddell and her two sisters on a boating trip in July 1862. The novel follows Alice down a rabbit-hole and into a world of strange and wonderful characters who constantly turn everything upside down with their mind-boggling logic, word play, and fantastic parodies. The sequel, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, was published in 1871, and was both a popular success and appreciated by critics for its wit and philosophical sophistication.

Along with both novels and the original Tenniel illustrations, this edition includes Carroll’s earlier story
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground. Appendices include Carroll’s photographs of the Liddell sisters, materials on film and television adaptations, selections from other “looking-glass” books for children, and “The Wasp in a Wig,” an originally deleted section of Through the Looking-Glass.


Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland appeals to all new generations, and Richard Kelly’s edition is a fresh and fitting jamboree for our time. For the first time, it gives us in a single book both Lewis Carroll’s early version of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground and the full version of the story. It encapsulates the major theories of what the book means, and it provides photographs that Carroll took and excerpts from his diaries and letters; it also offers examples of early reviews, imitations, parodies, and recollections of the author. Altogether it is a splendid cornucopia that is bound to become the ultimate Alice for us and for generations to come.” — Morton N. Cohen, Professor Emeritus, City University of New York, author of Lewis Carroll: A Biography, and editor of The Selected Letters of Lewis Carroll

Lewis Carroll: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Texts

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

Appendix A: Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (1864)

Appendix B: Lewis Carroll, “Alice on the Stage” (1886)

Appendix C: From Lewis Carroll’s Diaries and Letters (1862-90)

  1. Diaries
  2. Letters

Appendix D: Remembering Lewis Carroll

  1. From Alice Hargreaves, “Alice’s Recollections of Carrollian Days as Told to Her Son, Caryl Hargreaves” (1932)
  2. From Isa Bowman, The Story of Lewis Carroll (1899)

Appendix E: George MacDonald, “The Fantastic Imagination” (1893)

Appendix F: Contemporary Reviews of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. The Press (25 November 1865)
  2. The Publishers’ Circular (8 December 1865)
  3. The Bookseller (12 December 1865)
  4. The Guardian (15 December 1865)
  5. Illustrated Times (16 December 1865)
  6. Athenaeum (16 December 1865)
  7. The Spectator (22 December 1865)
  8. From The Spectator (22 December 1866)
  9. London Review (23 December 1865)
  10. From The Times (13 August 1868)
  11. John Bull (20 January 1866)
  12. The Literary Churchman (5 May 1866)
  13. The Sunderland Herald (25 May 1866)
  14. Aunt Judy’s Magazine (1 June 1866)
  15. The Examiner (15 December 1866)
  16. From The Daily News (19 December 1866)
  17. The Scotsman (22 December 1866)
  18. Contemporary Review (May 1869)
  19. “Alice Translated,” The Spectator (7 August 1869)

Appendix G: Poems Parodied in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

  1. Isaac Watts, “Against Idleness and Mischief” (1720)
  2. Robert Southey, “The Old Man’s Comforts and How He Gained Them” (1799)
  3. David Bates, “Speak Gently” (1848)
  4. Jane Taylor, “The Star” (1806)
  5. Mary Howitt, “The Spider and the Fly” (1834)
  6. Isaac Watts, “The Sluggard” (1715)
  7. James M. Sayles, “Star of the Evening” (date unknown)
  8. William Mee, “Alice Gray” (c. 1815)
  9. Lewis Carroll, “She’s All My Fancy Painted Him” (1855)

Appendix H: Contemporary Children’s Literature

  1. From Anonymous, The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes (1765)
  2. From Charles Kingsley, The Water-Babies (1862-63)
  3. From Julia Horatia Ewing, “Amelia and the Dwarfs” (1870)

Appendix I: Notable Film and Television Productions

Appendix J: Lewis Carroll’s Photographs of Alice, Lorina, and Edith Liddell

Appendix K: Quentin Massys’s An Old Woman [The Ugly Duchess] (1513)

Appendix L: The Wasp in a Wig

Appendix M: Lewis Carroll’s Comments on “Jabberwocky”

  1. From Mischmash (1855)
  2. From Letters of Lewis Carroll (15 February 1871)
  3. From Preface to The Hunting of the Snark (1876)

Appendix N: William Wordsworth’s “Resolution and Independence” (1807)

Appendix O: Looking-Glass Books

  1. From The Laughable Looking-Glass for Little Folks (1857–59)
  2. From Maria Louisa Charlesworth, The Old Looking-Glass; or, Mrs. Dorothy Cope’s Recollections of Service (1878)

Appendix P: Contemporary Reviews of Through the Looking-Glass

  1. From Pall Mall Gazette (14 December 1871)
  2. The Standard (21 December 1871)
  3. The Times (25 December 1871)
  4. From The Spectator (30 December 1871)

Appendix Q: The Chess Motif in Literature

  1. From Thomas Middleton, A Game at Chess (1625)
  2. From George Eliot, Felix Holt: The Radical (1866)

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Richard Kelly is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Tennessee—Knoxville.