Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass

ISBN : 9780199558292

Lewis Carroll; Peter Hunt; John Tenniel
352 ページ
130 x 196 mm
Oxford World's Classics



  • A new edition of Lewis Carroll's classic Alice stories by one of the foremost children's literature experts, Peter Hunt, and featuring Tenniel's much-loved illustrations.
  • Includes the 'Wasp in a Wig' episode, removed from the proofs of Through the Looking-Glass.
  • Takes account of the most recent research and critical opinion.
  • The Introduction places the book in the context of children's literature and general literature, and reviews interpretations of them, and the various views of Dodgson's relationship to children and childhood.
  • Extensive explanatory notes give information on Dodgson's political, social, intellectual, and personal allusions and sources.
  • Includes an extensive bibliography and a chronology of Dodgson's life and times.

New to this Edition:

  • Engaging and comprehensive introduction by Peter Hunt, a leading authority on children's literature.
  • Up-to-date bibliography.
  • Extensive annotation, drawing on the latest scholarship.
  • Appendix containg 'The Wasp in a Wig', an episode in Through the Looking-Glass that was withdrawn at proof stage.
  • Newly scanned illustrations and reset text to give improved appearance.

'But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.
'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat. 'We're all mad here.'

The 'Alice' books are two of the most translated, most quoted, and best-known books in the world, but what exactly are they? Apparently delightful, innocent fantasies for children, they are also complex textures of mathematical, linguistic, and philosophical jokes. Alice's encounters with the White Rabbit, the Cheshire-Cat, the King and Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and many other extraordinary characters have made them masterpieces of carefree nonsense, yet they also appeal to adults on a quite different level. Layers of satire, allusion, and symbolism about Victorian culture and politics, as well as revelations about the intricate subconscious problems of their author, add to their fascination and make them impossible to classify. 
This new edition explores the phenomenal range of reference, and the paradoxical appeal of two of the most inventive books in world literature. It also includes an episode removed by Carroll from the proofs of Through the Looking-Glass, called 'The Wasp in a Wig'. 
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"OUP's edition makes a decent fist of contextualising and explaining a book that appeals to adults and children." - Colin Waters, Sunday Herald


Lewis Carroll
With illustrations by John Tenniel and Edited by Peter Hunt, Professor Emeritus, Cardiff University

Peter Hunt has written or edited around 20 books on children's literature, and more than 150 articles. He was awarded the Brothers Grimm Award for services to children's literature in 2003. He is one of the editors of the Norton Anthology of Children's Literature (2005) and his other books include An Introduction to Children's Literature (OUP, 1994), Children's Literature: An Illustrated History (OUP, 1995), Children's Literature 1802-1902, An Anthology (Blackwell, 2000) and Children's Literature, A Guide (Blackwell, 2001).

In this Oxford World's Classics audio guide, Peter Hunt, Professor Emeritus in Children's Literature at the University of Cardiff, who was responsible for setting up the first course in children's literature in the UK, introduces the newcomer to critically reading texts written for children.

Click on the links below to hear Peter’s thoughts on the field and then explore Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in more detail.
Introducing Children's Literature

About Alice