Dictionary of Literary Biography: Lewis Carroll Beyond Wonderland: A Documentary Volume

  • Series Name: Dictionary of Literary Biography Series
  • Volume 376
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  • ISBN-10: 078769651X
  • ISBN-13: 9780787696511
  • Shipping Weight: 2.80 lbs ( 1.27 kgs)
  • 448 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2014, 2014
  • © 2015 | Published



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This award-winning multi-volume series is dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers, while satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers and scholars. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY provides reliable information in an easily comprehensible format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history. DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY systematically presents career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.

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Table of Contents

Plan of the Series.
Works by Lewis Carroll.
“A Tale Begun in Other Days”: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.
Sources and Inspirations.
“The Other Side of the Glass”—Alice Wilson Fox.
Sidebar: Alice’s Mirror-Parlor.
Sidebar: “A Great Huge Game of Chess”.
Facsimile: “Stanza of Anglo-Saxon Poetry”.
Sidebar: The Language of “Jabberwocky”.
“A Mirror That Will Not Flatter”—from The Looking-Glass for the Mind.
Little Adolphus—from The Looking-Glass for the Mind.
“Traditional Nonsense-Scraps”—James Orchard Halliwell.
Epigram on the Feuds Between Handel and Bononcini—John Byrom.
Tweedledum and Tweedledee—from Original Ditties for the Nursery.
“Something of an Amusing Character”—George Valentine Cox.
Resolution and Independence—William Wordsworth.
Upon the Lonely Moor—Lewis Carroll.
Sidebar: “A Poem by ‘Lewis Carroll’”.
“Come Into the Garden, Maud”—Alfred Tennyson.
Sidebar: “The Character of the White Knight”.
Composition and Publication.
Carroll to Alexander Macmillan, 24 August 1866.
Carroll to Macmillan, 24 January 1868.
“The Death of My Dear Father”—Stuart Dodgson Collingwood.
Sidebar: “Just the Word”.
“The Man”—Stuart Dodgson Collingwood.
Sidebar: “If You Want to Shorten the Book . . .”.
Sidebar: “That Same Dear Little Lady”.
Facsimile: Carroll’s Illustration Plan for Through the Looking-Glass.
Diary, 13 January 1871.
“The Proposed Frontispiece”—Carroll to Mrs. Barry, 15 February 1871.
Diary, 25 April 1871.
Diary, 4 May 1871.
Diary, 6 December 1871.
Diary, 8 December 1871.
Diary, 27 January 1872.
“The Wasp in a Wig”: An Omitted Episode—Lewis Carroll.
Facsimile: Galley proof page of “Wasp in a Wig,” from Sotheby’s catalogue.
Contemporary Reception.
Looking-Glass Land—The Pall Mall Gazette, 14 December 1871.
“Worthy of Wonderland”—The Athenaeum, 16 December 1871.
Sidebar: “That Enchanted Afternoon”.
“Quite Good Enough to Delight”—The Examiner, 16 December 1871.
“A Wholesome Recreation for the Mind”—The Illustrated London News, 16 December 1871.
“Cannot But Do the Wisest Good”—The Times, 20 December 1871.
“A Charming Christmas Book”—The Manchester Guardian, 27 December 1871.
“Very Little Short of That Most Delightful of Children’s Stories”—The Saturday Review, 30 December 1871.
“Alice’s Second Fairyland”—The Spectator, 30 December 1871.
“A Literary ‘Event’”—The Nation, 8 February 1872.
“A Delightful New Book”—Susan Coolidge, The Independent, 21 March 1872.
“The Book of the Season”—Aunt Judy’s Magazine, Christmas 1872.
Sequels, Adaptations, and Parodies.
The Jabberwock Traced to Its True Source—Thomas Chatterton, Macmillan’s Magazine, February 1872.
The Waggawock—Punch, 16 March 1872.
A Lay of the Embankment—Punch, 27 April 1872.
Sidebar: A Trap for Lewis Carroll.
Jabberwockism—Coppernail Singlesides, Fun, 27 April 1872.
The Vulture and the Husbandman—Arthur Clement Hilton, The Light Green, May 1872.
“The Real Source of ‘Jabberwocky’”—Once a Week, 15 June 1872.
“The Microscopical Eye of a Frenchman”—Henry Kingsley, Valentin.
Oysterland—George T. Hartley, A Few More Chapters of Alice Through the Looking-Glass.
Act II: “Through the Looking-Glass”— Henry Savile Clarke, Alice in Wonderland: A Dream Play for Children.
Sidebar: “A Great Success”.
“The Chamber of Horrors”—Arthur Waghorne and David Wilson, Through a Peer Glass.
“Good for the Constitution”—Simeon Strunsky, Through the Outlooking Glass.
Critical Responses.
The Art of Intentional Nonsense—Chelifer, Godey’s Magazine, 1 May 1896.
The Psychology of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Alice Through the Looking-Glass”—Hereward Carrington, The Occult Review, June 1915.
The Vogue and Versatility of Wonderland Alice—William Valentine Kelley.
“Satire in Anticipation”—J.B. Priestley.
“Another Children’s Classic”—Derek Hudson.
Carroll’s Well-Versed Narrative: Through the Looking-Glass—Beverly Lyon Clark.
Through the Looking-Glass: Alice Becomes an I—Donald Rackin.
“Inscribed to a Dear Child”: The Hunting of the Snark.
The Origins of the Snark.
“The Tragic Case of Charles Wilcox”—Morton N. Cohen.
“For Hours on the Wooden Steps”—Gertrude Chataway.
Sidebar: “Golden Summer Hours”.
“A New Kind of Work”—Henry Holiday, Reminiscences of My Life.
The Snark’s Significance—Henry Holiday and others, The Academy, 29 January 1898.
Sidebar: “Apropos of the Theories”.
Inscriptions and Letters to Children.
For Minnie, Ella, and Emmie, 4 April 1876.
Carroll to Florence Balfour, 6 April 1876.
For Alice Crompton, 7 April 1876.
For Alice Pratt, 7 April 1876.
For Adelaide Paine, June 1876.
For Marion Terry, 16 August 1876.
Carroll to Menella Wilcox, 20 October 1878.
Carroll to Mary Brown, 2 March 1880.
A Letter from Wonderland—Lewis Carroll, The Critic, 5 March 1898.
Sidebar: “A Long Carriage-Drive”.
Reception and Early Responses.
“Rather Disappointing”—Andrew Lang, The Academy, 8 April 1876.
“The Most Bewildering of Modern Poems”—The Athenaeum, 8 April 1876.
“Difficult to Resist”—The Saturday Review of Politics, Literature, Science and Art, 15 April 1876.
“Glorious Piece of Nonsense”—The Graphic, 15 April 1876.
“A Vague Reminiscence of Absurdity”—The Spectator, 22 April 1876.
Sidebar: Reading The Snark in Oxford.
“Little to Recommend”—Vanity Fair, 29 April 1876.
The Hunting of the Snark—Frumious, The Wykehamist, May 1876.
Sidebar: Answering “Mistress Judith”.
“Baffles Criticism Altogether”—The London Quarterly and Holborn Review, December 1876.
Sidebar: Success or Failure?.
A Commentary on the Snark—Snarkophilus Snobbs (F. C. S. Schiller), Mind!, Christmas 1901.
The Hunting of the Snark—Devereux Court, The Cornhill Magazine, March 1911.
From The Master of the “Piffle”: A Psychological Phantasmagoria in Five Screams and a Kick—Lind C. Doyle, Jr.
Later Critical Views.
“An Immaculate Fiction”—Michael Holquist.
Sidebar: “The Pursuit of Happiness”.
“To Toll His Bell”—Edward Guiliano.
Sidebar: “The Naming of the Yacht”.
From “Dodgson’s Golden Hours”—Joyce Carol Oates.
“Comedy Serving as a Psychological Defense”—Richard Kelly.
“Yet Another New Path”: Sylvie and Bruno and Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.
“For Friendship’s Sake”: The Origin of Sylvie and Bruno.
Bruno’s Revenge—Lewis Carroll, Aunt Judy’s Magazine, Christmas 1867.
Sidebar: “A Stuffed Mouse”.
Carroll to Dolly Argles, 28 November 1867.
Sidebar: Sylvie’s Letter to Miss Dymphna Ellis.
Sylvie to Dolly Argles, 4 December 1867.
“Stringing Together” the Sylvie and Bruno Books.
“Ambitious Literary Enterprise”—Morton N. Cohen.
Preface to Sylvie and Bruno—Lewis Carroll.
Sidebar: Havers’s Locket.
Sidebar: Gathering “a Connected Narrative”.
Sidebar: “In the Golden Gleam”.
Sidebar: “I Had Not Thought of Children Reading the Preface”.
Preface to Sylvie and Bruno Concluded—Lewis Carroll.
Sidebar: “My Sweetest Sylvie”.
Carroll and Furniss.
“Together For Seven Years”—Harry Furniss.
Facsimile: Carroll’s drawing of Bruno in a letter to Furniss.
Sidebar: “Infinite Pains”.
Sidebar: “Dodgson the Don”.
“Painstaking and Patient Labour”—Dorothy Furniss.
Facsimile: Carroll’s drawing of Lady Muriel and Arthur in a letter to Furniss.
Sidebar: An Afternoon with the Editor of St. Nicholas.
Sidebar: “Furniss’s Rejected Spider”.
Facsimile: Carroll’s drawing of the Other Professor in a letter to Furniss.
Reviews of Sylvie and Bruno.
“An Event in Many a Nursery”—The Scotsman, 11 December 1889.
“The Old Pleasant Nonsense in a New Setting”—Daily News, 13 December 1889.
“Thoroughly Delightful”—Glasgow Herald, 19 December 1889.
“The New Eccentricity of Lewis Carroll”—Notes and Queries, 21 December 1889.
“Ah, the Pity of It!”—The Academy, 21 December 1889.
Sidebar: “A Noble Eff ort to Uphold the Right”.
“Mr. Carroll’s Wares”—Birmingham Daily Post, 27 December 1889.
“The Children’s Book of the Season”—The Graphic, 28 December 1889.
“Encountering the Dreamer”—The Leeds Mercury, 2 January 1890.
“Sure to Be Much Read”—The Athenaeum, 4 January 1890.
Sidebar: To the Editor of the St. James’s Gazette.
From “Didactic Humorists”—The Speaker, 11 January 1890.
“Unquestionably a Failure”—The Spectator, 18 January 1890.
Lewis Carroll Again—The New York Times, 3 February 1890.
“Serious Too Often”—The Literary World, 15 February 1890.
“Disappointing”—L.T. Meade, Atalanta, March 1890.
“A Tract”—The Nation, 13 March 1890.
“A Sad Disappointment”—New York Daily Tribune, 15 March 1890.
“Not Up to His Reputation”—The Graphic, 5 April 1890.
Sidebar: A Baptist Minister Reads Sylvie and Bruno.
Reviews of Sylvie and Bruno Concluded.
“Far Too Little Nonsense”—Glasgow Herald, 4 January 1894.
Sidebar: “A Very Beautiful Personality”.
“A Continuation of ‘Sylvie And Bruno’”—The Critic, 13 January 1894.
“Less Anxious to Amuse Than to Instruct”—Notes and Queries, 13 January 1894.
“Much Too Long”—The Athenaeum, 27 January 1894.
“The ‘Story’ Is Finished”—The Saturday Review, 27 January 1894.
Delightful Lewis Carroll—The New York Times, 11 February 1894.
“The Queerest Conglomeration”—The Literary World, 24 February 1894.
“For the Most Part, Stale, Flat”—The Spectator, 24 March 1894.
“Piquant and Wholesome Drollery”—Book Reviews, March 1894.
“Does Not Even Try to Appeal to Children”—The Critic, 7 April 1894.
Later Critical Views.
“Carroll’s Logical Points”—R. B. Braithwaite.
Lewis Carroll’s Sylvie and Bruno Books—John Francis McDermott.
“In the Hands of God”—Edmund Miller.
Sidebar: “Things Are Not What They Seem”.
Selected Publications about Lewis Carroll and His Works.
Cumulative Index.