Julie Powell has chosen a fascinating book for Week 5 of the Cover Makeover Challenge — The Story of Alice: Lewis Carroll and The Secret History of Wonderland by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. This is the original cover which I like enormously.
The reviews below are taken from Amazon.
“It is the ultimate book about Alice – comprehensive and scholarly, but so delightfully and elegantly written that it’s a true work of literature” (Jacqueline Wilson)
“The Story of Alice is the best book on the myriad enigmas of Carroll’s heart-breaking wonderland I have ever read” (Robert McCrum Observer)
“Superb…toweringly the best of the dozens of books on Carroll which I have read” (AN Wilson Financial Times)
“Douglas-Fairhurst is a startling and exciting writer” (A.S. Byatt Spectator)
“This is biography at its best” (Lyndall Gordon New Statesman)
“Magnificent” (5 Stars, Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express)
“Fascinating ” (Book of the Week, Philip Collins Times)
I’ve done two versions this week. The one above uses Mr FND’s drawing (after Tenniel) of Alice and is, strictly speaking, a scene from Through the Looking Glass. Be that as it may, it works well. In fact, I prefer it to the second version which uses one of my earlier Alice images, which is a collage comprising a Carreras Cigarette Card from the 1930s with the facsimile of a page from Lewis Carrolls’ original manuscript published in an 1890s edition of Alice in Wonderland.
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