Alice's Adventures Underground

Lewis Carroll
In celebration of the story’s 150th anniversary, this elegant new collector’s edition of Alice’s Adventures Underground features never-before-seen drawings from renowned artist Charles Santore, and an introduction by revered literary scholar, Michael Patrick Hearn.When Lewis Carroll first put pen to paper and wrote what would become Alice in Wonderland, he provisionally titled the story “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground,” and accompanied the text with sketches to bring his story to life. Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the book’s first publication in 1865, we are publishing that original story, in a faithful and unabridged adaptation, under its original title. Like that first hand-written draft, this stunning new collector’s edition features never-before-seen drawings throughout the story by celebrated New York Times bestselling artist Charles Santore (The Wizard of Oz, The Night Before Christmas), and an introduction from the premier authority on children’s literature, Michael Patrick Hearn.


Reviewed: 2016-07-30

I love Alice in Wonderland. I love the cheesy Disney movie, the not-so-great Tim Burton adaptation (I’m very much looking forward to the sequel) and the fairly surreal (and somewhat unnerving) 1998 Alice through the Looking Glass. So of course I do very much enjoy the book itself. When I saw the opportunity to purchase this anniversary edition of the original manuscript, I took it.

This story is significantly more simple than the more widely known Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.It’s missing some of the more well known scenes, such as the Mad Tea Party and the encounter with the Cheshire cat. However, it is still an enjoyable and amusing read, as it follows Alice and her frustrating attempts to get into the garden and never seeming to be the proper Alice-sized Alice. While reading it, it was far to easy to imagine a silly man telling such a whimsical story for the entertainment of little girls.

I rate this story 5/5 stars. It was so very delightful, and as it is a children’s book, it was a very fast read. It combines nonsense with a silly sense of humor and is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. I always wondered how it was that Charles Dodgson was able to tell such a whimsical tale to three young girls, and now having read it, I understand.

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