This is no Cigar

Martin Gardner wrote in his Annotated Snark (1962, MG064) about Henry Holiday’s almost surreal illustration: […] Thousands of readers must have glanced at this drawing without noticing (though they may have shivered with subliminal perception) the huge, almost transparent head of the Baker, abject terror on his features, as a gigantic beak (or is it … Continue reading “This is no Cigar”

Burning the Baker

  The images below (click on them to read more) are related to my little article in the Knight Letter № 100 (July 2018, ISSN 0193-886X, published by the LCSNA).   Blog entry related to this page Thomas Cranmer’s Burning Unhiding the Hidden Eschatology Article 42 in the 42 Articles For Feedback: Twitter 3 | … Continue reading “Burning the Baker”

The New Belfry

Christ Church Tom Quad, looking south towards the Hall with the temporary belfry mounted on top of it. Photographer: C.L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) In 1872 the Christ Church College Cathedral belfry showed damages which made it necessary to rehouse its bells elsewhere. Driven by Dean Henry George Liddel, the New Belfry project started in 1872. … Continue reading “The New Belfry”

Knight Letter № 100

In July 2018, the members of the LCSNA (Lewis Carroll Society of North America) received the 100th Knight Letter. (A friend told me that the caterpillar (here without hookah) on the front page is a Hickory Horned Devil.) Also in this issue, Goetz Kluge makes the case that a seventeenth-century engraving may have influenced Henry … Continue reading “Knight Letter № 100”

Carroll’s comments on an Oxford Belfry

In The New Belfry of Christ Church, a certain “D. C. L.” wrote: § 7. On the impetus given to Art in England by the new Belfry, Ch. Ch. The idea has spread far and wide, and is rapidly pervading all branches of manufacture. Already an enterprising maker of bonnet-boxes is advertising ‘the Belfry pattern’: … Continue reading “Carroll’s comments on an Oxford Belfry”

Lace-Making

Did you know that lace-making is evil? 273    The Boots and the Broker were sharpening a spade— 274        Each working the grindstone in turn: 275    But the Beaver went on making lace, and displayed 276        No interest in the concern: 277    Though the Barrister tried to … Continue reading “Lace-Making”

Nose is a Nose is a Nose

A Snark article in the Knight Letter (with lots of help from the editors Chris Morgan and Mark Burstein) Source: Knight Letter (ISSN 0193-886X), Fall 2017, Number 99 When I wrote this article, I failed to mention that already in 1973 Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The Field of Nonsense that a line in Carroll’s … Continue reading “Nose is a Nose is a Nose”