4 July 2016

The delights of encountering the original manuscript for “Alice in Wonderland”




"In the middle of a bright yellow room at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York sits the 150-year-old original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written and self-published by the enigmatic Oxford University mathematics teacher Charles Lutwidge Dodgson—better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll.


 (Photography by Graham S. Haber)


One of the most popular works in English literature, Alice in Wonderland (originally titled Alice’s Adventures Under Ground) started as oral tale to entertain three children—sisters Lorina, Edith, and Alice Liddell—during a boating trip down the Thames River on a hot summer day in 1862. Carroll, then a young Oxford tutor, spun the fantastic tale packed with riddles, puzzles, and logic games, partly to practice his lessons in mathematical logic, which he taught at Christ Church, Oxford, for 26 years."



continue: Quartz

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“Always in search of curious objects, broken toys, bits of things and traces of stories, Adriana Peliano stitches together desires, monsters and fairy tales. Her collages and metamorphic assemblages are magical and multiple inventories, where logic is reinvented with new meanings and narratives, creating language games and dream labyrinths. Everything is transformed to tell new stories that dislocate our way of seeing, inviting the marvellous to visit our world.” “Sempre em busca de objetos curiosos, restos de brinquedos, cacos de mundos e rastros de estórias, Adriana Peliano costura desejos, monstros e contos de fadas. Suas colagens, metamofoses e assemblagens despertam inventários mágicos e múltiplos, onde a lógica do cotidiano é reinventada em novos sentidos e narrativas, criando jogos de linguagem e labirintos de sonhos. Tudo se transforma para contar novas estórias, abrindo portas para o maravilhoso.”