Tuesday, 7 of July of 2020

Quotable Alice

Compiled and edited by David W. Barber

Lewis Carroll’s two great Alice stories – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass – have entertained and amused both small children and grown adults alike for nearly a century and a half. Though set in Victorian England, these wild, remarkable flights of fancy have a lasting appeal the world over and are, in many ways, surprisingly modern in their outlook. With Alice’s adventures, which take her down a rabbit-hole to Wonderland or through a mirror into a fantastical game of chess, Carroll tells stories that are amusing and witty, but also often surprisingly insightful and profound. Many of Carroll’s phrases and expressions – “Curiouser and curiouser,” or “Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast” – have entered the language of everyday use.
In Quotable Alice, bestselling author, editor, musical humorist and longtime Alice fan David W. Barber – whose books include Bach, Beethoven and the Boys and Better Than It Sounds: The Music Lover’s Quotation Book – brings together the best and most memorable of Carroll’s pithy expressions from the Alice books