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    Carroll on management

    "Long and painful experience has taught me one great principle in managing business for people,viz, if youQuad at Christ Church, Oxford University want to inspire confidence, give plenty of statistics. It does not matter that they should be accurate, or even intelligble, so long as there are enough of them." Lewis Carroll wrote in Three Years in a Curatorship by One Who Has Tried It (1886).

    Among other things that Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) accomplished at Christ Church Oxford was to supervise the Common Room where faculty would gather for afernoon tea, or a glass or claret. He was responsible for ordering the supplies including a stock of wine with more than 20,000 bottles. Being detailed and fastidious, he also looked to improve the ventilation, lighting and furniture in the Commons Room. He describes this as improving "Airs, Glares, and Chairs." He wanted the room to be cheerful and efficient.A Commons Room today for senior students at Christ Church

    The pamphlet, Three Years in a Curatorship by One Who Has Tried It, records his attempts to keep the Oxford dons well supplied and contented. With Carroll in command, the Commons room was cheerful and efficient. In no way did it resemble The Mad Tea Party in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.


    Alice inspired wedding ideas

    Bridal ideas abound for tea cakes, red roses, white gowns, blue dresses, top hats and more in Alice- inspired weddings and parties. As Alice's Adventures in Wonderland have been pitched more for  teen and young adult audiences, rather than for children, the appeal of Alice seems chic and slightly punk.

    Here are a few ideas.

    "Vibrant Alice in Wonderland Style" Shoot from 2011 from the website OMG I'm Getting Married




















    Karly & Jack's vintage-inspired Alice in Wonderland wedding. A bit tamer and a real wedding, rather than the inspirational photos above.









    Even more tasteful ideas for an Alice inspired wedding, with a focus on the text and characters. From

    Many fun and unusual Alice wedding and party ideas are gathered here at

    From a real wedding in Washington state: "After the couple tied the knot at the outdoor wedding ceremony, stilt walkers and human tables dressed in Alice in Wonderland inspired costumes entertained the guests."

    The couple also had a newspaper created about their pre-marriage life. Here two women look at the NewsFavor with Alice-inspired headlines and themes.

    Several real couples who used the Alice books and films as inspiration for their weddings from the website tulleandchantilly

    A wedding in Indonesia with goth-punk Alice theme from the website

    From the website more ideas. They write that there are 'endless' ideas for creating Alice weddings.


    Alice in Popular Culture

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Exhibit at the Ransom Center exhiition 2015. Video PreviewBlog about exhibit and related events

    "The Alice Look" at the Museum of Childhood at the Victoria and Albert Museum. "How Alice's Look has reflected 150 years of fashion" by Clare Rose in The Financial Times. April 10, 2015. "London's V&A Museum announce Alice in Wonderland exhibition" at

    "We're all mad here" Alice in Popular culture. on the Victoria and Albert Museum website.

    "Surreally humorous Alice in Wonderland Inspired World" on Flavorwire. Dec. 20, 2011.

    "Why we just can't get enough of Alice" by Adam Tschorn, LA Times. March 27, 2010.

    "What's So Special About 'Alice in Wonderland'?" by Niraj Chokshi in The Atlantic. March 5, 2010.

    Altered Alice. a website on Alice inspired art.

    Molly Molloy

    Alice references in The Simpsons

    Washington Ballet’s production of “Alice in Wonderland.”


    Alice in Wonderland on film

    The first Alice on film was shown in 1903. Photo:BFI

    Alice Film Adaptations Jack Zipes: "Alice and the Absurdity of Home and Utopia" from The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films (Routledge, 2011)

    David Schaefer's "The Film Collector's Alice" (.pdf document)

    "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Alice in Wonderland in Film" essay by Jan Susina

    1903 Alice in Wonderland  film version on YouTube. According to, "the film was produced by the pioneering Hepworth Studios and was based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations - at 12 minutes it was the longest film produced in England at the time."

    1915 W.W. Young's Alice in Wonderland  film. Links to entire 45 min filmFiliming Jonathan Miller's 1966 version of Alice in Wonderland

    1933 Alice in Wonderland trailer for film. W.C. Fields was Humpty Dumpty, Cary Grant was the Mock Turtle, Edward Everett Horton as the Mad Hatter and Gary Cooper as the White Night. Directed by Norman Z. McLeod from a screenplay by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

    1949 Lou Bunin's Alice in Wonderland. Lou Bunin was an American puppeteer, artist & stop-motion animattion pioneer. This was produced in Paris was stop-action and live actors. Disney tried to stop the release of the film as it came out around the same time as the Disney version.

    1964 Jonathan Miller's Alice in Wonderland. One minute trailer with Ravi Shankar musicPart 1 from dailymotion/BBC. Featuring Peter Sellers, Anne-Marie Mallik, John Gielgud, Michael Redgrave, Wilfrid Brambell, Peter Cook.

    1966. Hanna Barbera's animated Alice in Wonderland with Doris Day singing as Alice.

    1983 Alice in Wonderland with Richard Burton and daughter Kate Burton.

    1988. Jan Švankmajer wrote and directed an Alice-inspired fantasy film with puppets, stop animination and actors. Its original Czech title is Něco z Alenky, which means "Something from Alice." Trailer for filmRabbit and Horsemen scene (2 min)

    1972 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland "The Croquet Match" Fiona Fullerton as Alice (later of James Bond film fame) and Michael Jayston as Lewis Carroll. 

    1999 Alice in Wonderland "The Cheshire Cat" scene with Whoppi Goldberg as the cat and Tina Majorino (of Veronica Mars fame) as Alice

    2010 Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. The official trailer from Disney.

    Disney and Alice films

    Alice in Cartoonland. A 1923 short film created by Walt Disney. Features Walt talking to a girl as well as animated cartoons. (8 mins)

    MIckey Mouse Thru The Mirror. A 1936 cartoon with Mickey dreaming about Alice's Adventures and Through the Looking-Glass. (8:50 mins)

    Alice in Wonderland (1951)

    Script for Disney's animated Alice in Wonderland film 

    Leonard Matlin's "Disney's Alice in Wonderland" (.pdf article)

    Alice entry on the Disney Wiki


    Start your Alice in Wonderland research with these links

    A few places to start your research on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:

    Jan Susina's "Carroll and Cohen: On First Name Basis with Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Book Review of Morton Cohen's Lewis Carroll: A Biography)"

    Alice Liddell Hargreaves:  "Alice's Collection of Carrollian Days"

    Hugh Haughton's Introduction to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (.pdf document)

    Edward Wakeling's "The Real Lewis Carroll (Ten Myths about Lewis Carroll)"

    Lewis Carroll biographical material

    Life and Letters of Lewis Carroll by Stuart Dodgson Collingwood (1898). Complete text on Project Gutenberg.

    U.K.'s National Archives biography page on LC

    Lewis Carroll's scrapbook at the Library of Congress. Every page if photographed and annotated. thorough and interesting

    Key points in Lewis Carroll's life, a timeline

    Modern Biography and Lewis Carroll 1969-98 on The Victorian Web

    Marina Warner analyzes the Tate's 2011 exhibition on Lewis Carroll's drawings.  Many original drawings are included in the online essay and also includes interesting chart on organizing the manuscript of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

    Alice and related texts on the internet

    The Literature Network has the text for Alice's Adventures set up so it is searchable.

    A .pdf version of Alice's Adventures with the Tenniel illustrations. Typeset in 1994, but attempts to recreate many of the typsetting tricks and correct juxtapostion of illustration and text.

    Alice's Adventures Underground

    Alice and Other Fairy Plays for Children by Kate Freiligrath-Kroeker (1881). Facsimile that you can page through

    Lewis Carroll and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Links

    Lewis Carroll Society of North America 

    Lewis Carroll Society in the U.K.

    Lewis Carroll: A Centenary Exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center in Texas. A website to accompany the museum site. The Center has a large collection of Lewis Carroll's photographs, books and related materials. Video on exhibit.

    Lenny's Alice in Wonderland site is an informative site with a good FAQ section and thoughtful analysis.

    Alice in Wonderland Wiki. Started in 2010 in connection with Disney + Burton film, but has a lot of good information.

    "A Girl Like Alice" Alice Hardgreaves' great-granddaughter, Vanessa St. Clair, writes in The Guardian about what it is like to be related to the original Alice (June 5, 2001).

    Edward Wakeling's thorough site about Lewis Carroll, his books, photograhy and life.

    Contrariwise: an association for new Lewis Carroll studies

     An account of publishing Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    Eating and Drinking in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Philip Ardagh discusses etiquette & manners related to food and drink in many Carroll books and links to materials (with images) at the British Library on the post on the British Library website.

    AlicenTweetland. Tweeting quotations about Alice

    Lewis Carroll's Letters and Diariesa page from the diary of Lewis Carroll. Click on image for bigger size

    Preface to Diaries of Lewis Carroll (.pdf)

    How Lewis Carroll's rules of letter writing can make email more civilized by Maria Popova

    Selections from Carroll's Diaries and Letters (.pdf)

    The U.K. Lewis Carroll Society has introductory material to the diaries

    The British Library has digitized two pages from the diaries

    Alice in Openland by Maria Popova. Links to Lewis Carroll and Alice text, particularly several short films.




    John Tenniel's the Alice books

    Tenniel illustrations for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland on Project Gutenberg

    Complete text of Michael Hancher's The Tenniel illustrations to the "Alice" books

    John Tenniel entry in The Victorian Web, with many links

    Illustrators of Alice, after Tenniel

    An overview of key illustrators of Alice in a .pdf document

    Arthur Rackham's illustrations to Alice (1907)

    Marie Luarencin's illustrations to Alice (1930)

    Mervyne Peake illustrated AliceA two-book set was published in Sweden in 1946. ThisGuardian (April 3, 2010) article by Vanessa Trope notes how his Alice illustrations were influenced by his work as a war correspondence during World War II. The blog Death by Papercuts has illustrations from the Alice books.

    Ralph Steadman illustrated Wonderland in 1966 and Looking-Glass in 1977. Many images in thispost on Maria Popova's Brain Pickings blog. Images from Steadman's Wonderland illustrations on

    Salvador Dali illustrated Wonderland in 1969

    Lewis Carroll's Photographs

    Jan Susina's "Staging Childhood: Lewis Carroll's Costumed Photographs of Children."   The slides and images to accompany this talk can be seen here, in this .pdf for the PowerPoint presentation.  These images were shown in class. 

    Lewis Carroll's "A Photographer's Day Out" (.pdf)

    Photography collection at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin

    Photographs at Princeton University Library

    Photographs at University of Virginia. a more easily accessible site than the two previous ones, altho those libraries have the bigger collections.

    Standard resources for starting the study of Carroll photographs

    How Carroll based a photo of Xie Kitchen on Sir Joshua Reynolds’s famous painting of Penelope Boothby (1785–1791), which was in the Ashmoleon Museum in Oxford. A blog post from the Ransom Center

    Illustration for "Hiawatha's Photographing by Arthur Frost.

    "Through Lewis Carroll's Looking-glass" Interesting blog post from Ransom Center on Carroll as photographer. Includes page from his photo journal written in purple ink.

    Artists in Lewis Carroll's circle, including Pre-Raphaelites

    Artists in Lewis Carroll's circle, including Pre-Raphaelites  

    The Girlhood of Mary (1848-9) Dante Rossetti. Christina posed for her brother as Mary, on right

    Lewis Carroll and Pre-Raphaelites a .pdf collection of images. Includes images of Rossetti, Millais, Holman Hunt and photographs by Carroll, Cameron, and Rejlander.

    Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde. Great site with videos, photos and details at the Tate Gallery in London.

    the Pre-Raphaelite collection at the Birmingham (U.K.) Museum & Art Gallery is also amazing. Lots of resources.

    Pre-Raphaelite Art collection Delaware Museum of Art.  Extensive collection with great, educational website on Pre-Raphaelites! Link to a full color .pdf educational guide.

    Link to Pre-Raphaelite show on artists and nature at the Tate Museum in 2004.  Good background info.

    Ophelia by Arthur Hughes



    Dante Gabriel Rossettie hypermedia archive.   Many images that are catalogued are in private hands. part of the NINES, networked infrastructure for nineteenth-century electronic scholarship.

    Birmingham Museum of Art (in England) massive Pre-Raphaelite collection.  You can create a personalized folder from 

    Pre-Raphaelite Society webpage, dedicated to the study of the lives and art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

    Six Pre-Raphaelite images that are about literature.

    Sylvie and Bruno

     Lewis Carroll's Preface to Sylvie and Bruno Concluded. (in .pdf)

    Lewis Carroll's Bruno's Revenge (in .pdf)

    Sylvie and Bruno is available free on Project Gutenberg in several formats and with or without images.

    Lit2Go has Sylvia and Bruno in a more attractive format than Project Gutenberg. It also has audio of the text and teaching ideas.

    "The Sylvie and Bruno Books as Victorian Novel" an essay by Edmund Miller (in .pdf format)

    Alice on Stage

    Henry Savile Clarke's Alice in Wonderland: A Dream Pla(in .pdf form)

    "Alice on the Stage" by Lewis Carroll, The Theatre, April 1887. On Lenny's Alice in wonderland site.

    Pinterest links to 37 images of Alice on stage and screen

    An exhibit at USC about playwright Alice Gerstenberg's Alice adapation from 1915.

    Lewis Carroll's Juvenelia

    "The Rectory Magazine" The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas-Austin has the original copy of this handwritten and illustrated magazine that Carroll created for his family. The link takes you to several full-color pages of the magazine.

    "Hints for Etiquette." Two pages from Carroll's Juvenalia that was published in The Rectory Museum or Mishmash. At the British Library

    Simon Kane, a British actor and writer, presents a fun, short video reading from The Rectory Museum or Mishmash "The Walking Stick of Destiny"

    Lewis Carroll’s La Guida di Bragia: A Ballad Opera for Puppets 

    The Nursery Alice

    "The Nursery Alice" has been digitized by the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries

    Inspired by Alice

     Artwork inspired by Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

    She-still-haunts-me. A lively Tumblr with regular postings of Alice related images and materials

    Eva Le Gallienne's theatrical staging of Alice in Wonderland and Tenniel's influence on her work

    Edward LearLear and his beloved cat, Foss

    An Edward Lear Home page

    A Blog of Bosh. An Edward Lear Home Page

    Edward Lear's diaries. Many are transcribed by Marco Graziosi from Houghton Library, Harvard University

    Edward Lear's Nonsense Botany. Illustrations of plants by Lear.

    Edward Lear: 200 Years of Nonsense

    Edward Lear Drawings at the British Museum

    Additional interesting material on the history of children's literature

    Guide from the Victoria & Albert Museum on the life of Victorian children.  .pdf format designed for both children and aults.