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Over 150 years after its release, Alice in Wonderland remains a cult classic in both pop culture and literature alike using its creative cast of characters, fanciful poems and scenes loved and appreciated by all generations. The tale defies logic within the most way that is fantastical babies develop into pigs, caterpillars dole out advice, flowers insult Alice, lobsters dance and croquet is played with flamingos. Quintessentially British, its narrative is of legendary proportions and embedded within culture, while the story itself makes references that are countless tea parties and Oxford.
Today the exhibition Alice:
150 Years in Wonderland opens at The Morgan Library and Museum in New York. The show includes the book’s original manuscript, correspondences from author Lewis Carroll, vintage photographs of Alice Liddell (whom the book was inspired by), drawings and rare editions. Here, in celebration associated with new exhibition we glance at the lessons we are able to study on the first books, from indulging in whimsy to believing into the impossible.
1. Do go down the rabbit holeAlice’s Adventure in Wonderland begins on a riverbank, with Alice’s older sister reading to her. Clearly bored by the story, Alice wonders “what may be the use of a book without pictures or conversation?” She spots a white rabbit running by, eventually diving into a hole. Alice follows her impulses and dives to the hole combined with rabbit, falling down into another realm. She philosophizes about the other side of the earth, imagines a conversation with her cat Dinah and grabs a jar of marmalade from one of the shelves surrounding her while she falls. Continue reading