Today’s featured adaptation is Lewis Carroll‘s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Many of you have probably seen its Disney adaptation, which was made some 86 years after the novel’s first publication. The feature film title was shortened to Alice in Wonderland (1951). The adaptation is partially taken from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Carroll’s sequel Through the Looking-glass and What Alice Found There (1871).
Some things you may not know about the author is that Lewis Carroll isn’t his real name, but a pseudonym for the mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Dodgson arrived at the pseudonym by taking Charles Lutwidge, translating it into Latin and then reversing and retranslating it back into English. Although the author’s name is pseydonym, Alice was actually based off a little girl Dodgson used to know.
For more information about the author and its characters, take a look at these books:
- Aspects of Alice: Lewis Carroll’s Dreamchild as Seen Through the Critics’ Looking-glasses, 1865-1971(1971)
- Lewis Carroll (1987)
- 100 Animated Feature Films (2010)
As always, I’m leaving a little clip of the film for your viewing pleasure. It’s a clip of flowers singing “All in the Golden Afternoon.”