‘…where is the use of a book’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversations?’

From the British Library Press Release dated 13 September 2005 :

“On 21 September 2005, the original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, one of the world’s most popular and well known children’s books, will be available to internet users for the first time. This latest addition to the British Library’s Turning the Pagesâ„¢ is a fully digitised version of the original manuscript containing 90 pages and 37 illustrations. Its pages can be ‘virtually’ turned and viewed on-line on the British Library’s website, in the Treasures Gallery of the British Library and on a new CD-ROM.”

A Page From The Original Manuscript

What we are talking about here is the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, hand-written by Charles Dodgson for Alice Liddell between 1862 and 1864. The tale was first told by mathematician and pioneer photographer Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) on 4 July 1862 to the three young daughters of Henry Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, on a river boat trip. Dodgson was told to publish his story and in 1865 he did, with illustrations by John Tenniel. It has since become one of the most popular of all children’s books. {“What, Even More Than Pooh?” “Yes Thatch. Even More Than Pooh”. “Bugger” said Thatch}.

Fortunately I like Alice too. So did Grace Slick and Jefferson AIrplane. You can find a live recording of “White Rabbit” at archive.org (my favourite source of music at the moment). It will be in FLAC format. Winamp has a plugin. Any Questions? “Go Ask Alice”.

Also there is a bunch more stuff about the people at Alice In Oxford, It has pictures of Alice and Dodgson.

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