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Monday, January 7, 2013

Alternative Alices - editor: Carolyn Sigler

The popularity of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice in Wonderland caught the attention of critics immediately. It also served as inspiration for over 200 pieces that include imitations, revisions, and parodies. Carolyn Sigler collects selections from 20 stories in Alternative Alices.

If you are interested in how Carroll influenced literature, this is an excellent collection. The introduction explains why the Alice books had appeal to such a large audience and why she continues to influence media today. Before each selection is a brief biography of each author, followed by selections that best display Carroll's influence on the author.

If you're the type that enjoys selections, this is a great book; however, if you're like me you may prefer to read the stories in their entirety. All of these works are out-of-copyright, and the majority are available for either free download or free reading online. Below is the list of books contained in this collection. Some of these books are contained in anthologies online, so if the title does not match the page that is why.

Subverting Wonderland
Mopsa the Fairy - Jean Ingelow
Amelia and the Dwarfs - Juliana Horatia Ewing
Speaking Likenesses - Christina Rossetti
Behind the White Brick - Frances Hodgson Burnett
Wanted--A King; or, How Merle Set the Nursery Rhmes to Right - Maggie Browne
A New Alice in the Old Wonderland - Anna M. Richards
Justnowland - E. Nesbit

The Didactic Looking Glass
Ernest - Edward Knatchubull-Hugessen
From Nowhere to the North Pole: A Noah's Ark-├Žological Narrative - Tom Hood
Down the Snow Stairs; or, From Good-Night to Good-Morning - Alice Corkran

Sentimental recreations
Davy and the Goblin, or What Followed Reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" - Charles E. Carryl
The Wallypug of Why - G.E. Farrow
Uncle Wiggily in Wonderland - Howard R. Garis
David Blaze and the Blue Door - E. F. Benson

Political Parodies
The Westminster Alice - Saki
Clara in Blunderland - Caroline Lewis
Alice in Blunderland - John Kendrick Bangs
Alice and the Stork: A Fairy Tale for Workingmen's Children - Henry T. Schnittkind
Alice in the Delighted States - Edward Hope

Source Material:
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

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