Emily Temple, senior editor bij mijn geliefde en vaak gebruikte tijdschrift ‘Literary Hub’, vertelde mij dat het vandaag, 4 mei 155 jaar geleden is dat Alice in het konijnenhol tuimelde. Caroll koos deze datum omdat het Alice Liddell’s verjaardag was. In 1865 werd ze dertien.
‘Since then, Alice and her compatriots have been reimagined countless times, and inspired creative work of just about every genre. These days, it feels like we’re all down one rabbit hole or another, so it seemed just as good a time as any to revisit some of the best artistic treatments Alice and the gang have gotten over the years, from the classic Tenniel illustrations to moody drawings by Mervyn Peake (yes, that Mervyn Peake) to creations filtered by Yayoi Kusama’s bright, bubbly brain.’
Emily Temple is a senior editor at Lit Hub. Her first novel, The Lightness, will be published by William Morrow/HarperCollins in June 2020
Almost exactly 155 years ago, Lewis Carroll told three young sisters a story. He’d come up with it to enliven a long boat trip up the River Thames, and one of the children aboard, a certain Alice Liddell, enjoyed it so much that she insisted that Carroll commit it to paper. Thus, so the legend has it, was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland born, although Lewis Carroll, then best known as Oxford mathematics tutor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, hadn’t taken up his famous pen name yet, and when he did write down Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, it took its first form as Alice’s Adventures Under Ground