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aliceA few days ago (January 27) marked the 151st birthday of Lewis Carroll.  An odd man who will probably always be a bit misunderstood, loved, and frowned upon. But Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is still a trip to read and every once and awhile I do like to go down that rabbit hole.

The first version of Alice’s adventures I read was a Disney version in a Little Golden Book, but I loved it and really wanted Alice as a friend, and a rabbit hole in my backyard.

Here is “Alice in Wonderland,” a 1903 British silent film directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow that was the first movie adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The silent film is memorable for its early use of special effects, including Alice’s shrinking in the Hall of Many Doors, and in her large size, stuck inside of White Rabbit’s home, reaching for help through a window. Only one copy of the original film is known to exist and parts are now lost. Thank goodness for digital.

I have the The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition that was done by Martin Gardner, probably the world’s leading authorities on Lewis Carroll. It was first published in 1959 and he was the first to decode many of the mathematical riddles and wordplay that are hidden in both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. This newer edition includes the classic artwork by Sir John Tenniel, including many recently discovered Tenniel pencil sketches.

 

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