9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters

Allegedly, the Snark hunting crew consists of ten members (MG017). Is that so? Martin Gardner (MG046) told us that “Phyllis Greenacre thinks that the ten members of the crew represent the ten children of the Dodgson family.” However, I think that to Dodgson/Carroll in his private life there was nothing important to be referred to … Continue reading “9.5±0.5 Snark Hunters”

Knight Letter № 100

In July 2018, the members of the LCSNA (Lewis Carroll Society of North America) received the 100th Knight Letter. Also in this issue, Goetz Kluge makes the case that a seventeenth-century engraving may have influenced Henry Holiday’s last illustration for The Hunting of the Snark. Goetz’s excellent blog about all things Snark is at http://snrk.de/ … Continue reading “Knight Letter № 100”

Bathing-Machines

Snarks have five marks: The fourth is its fondness for bathing-machines,       Which it constantly carries about, And believes that they add to the beauty of scenes—       A sentiment open to doubt. [The New Belfry of Christ Church, Oxford] is of the best of Dodgson’s Oxford squibs, a good humored … Continue reading “Bathing-Machines”

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).   Knight Letter № 100 Thomas Cranmer’s Burning Unhiding the Hidden Eschatology Article 42 in the 42 Articles For Feedback: Twitter 5 | Twitter 4 … Continue reading “Burning the Baker”

Snark Hunters

Google: past week LC Forum lewiscarrollresources.net Children’s Theatre Reviews Herbjørn Andresen BaconJudge (redditor) Philo M. Buck Michael Everson Thomas Farley Günther Flemming Mary Hammond Karen Gardiner Martin Gardner Markian Gooley Marco Graziosi Amy Green Henry Holiday Doug Howick Nina Lyon Angus MacIntyre Adriano Orefice Klaus Reichert Louise Schweitzer Mahendra Singh William Skaggs Oliver Sturm John … Continue reading “Snark Hunters”

The New Belfry

A bathing machine – and 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 … Continue reading “The New Belfry”

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”

Carroll Tackles Vivisection

It’s National Poetry Month? Nonsense! […] April 9, 2018 [Author: Matt Dilworth] mdilwort […] Yet nonsense poems, and Carroll’s in particular, often carry significant political undertones. For example, in Carroll’s “The Hunting of the Snark”, he tackles vivisection and the role of anthrocentrist activities in scientific pursuit. […] Yes, I thought so.   MG019, MG050 … Continue reading “Carroll Tackles Vivisection”

The Baker’s 42 Boxes

The Baker’s 42 boxes (MG011) might be a reference to Thomas Cranmer’s 42 Articles. The Baker’s 42 Boxes are the original Protestant Articles of 1553, with Thomas Cranmer’s name on each. Angus MacIntyre, The Reverend Snark, Jabberwocky 23(1994): 51-52   I suggest that this belongs to Carroll’s references to Thomas Cranmer. A Baker is exposed … Continue reading “The Baker’s 42 Boxes”

Martin Gardner’s Snark Annotations

Today I start to refer to Martin Gardner’s annotations to The Hunting of the Snark in a more systematical way. Admittedly, I should have done that much earlier. I didn’t read the annotations carefully enough. As an example, Martin Gardner annotated (MG058) to The Hunting of the Snark that Elizabeth Sewell pointed out in The … Continue reading “Martin Gardner’s Snark Annotations”