Lewis Carroll’s Dream Child

In one of the summer semesters past, I taught — with questionable success — Lewis Carroll’s Alice books. And for my PhD project I looked again at THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE as it is full of explicit or not so explicit references to Victorian medievalism, daring or not so daring knights and heroes, and even a damsel in distress. As is often the case when you work on a project like this, the stars seem to align and make Fate throw all kind of things to do with your subject your way. Therefore it came as no surprise when I opened the January newsletter of Stella and Rose’s Books this morning and found a link to a wonderful article on the various illustrators of Alice.

The picture is from edition illustrated by Mervyn Peake. On the Bloomsbury website you can find an article on the Alice edition with the illustrations by Peake, written by Will Self.