Books & Papers for Snark Hunters

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  • ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Darien Graham-Smith (PhD thesis), Contextualising Carroll: The Contradiction of Science and Religion in the Life and Works of Lewis Carroll, 2005, Amazon (Kindle): B010Y2T5GS
  • ⭐⭐⭐ Robert Watkins, I’m Not Married to This, But… (about “The Hunting of the Snark”), April 2024
  • ⭐⭐⭐ Karen Gardiner, Life, Eternity,and Everything: Hidden Eschatology in the Works of Lewis Carroll, pp. 25~41 in The Carrollian, Issue 31, 2018 (see blog entry)
  • ⭐⭐⭐ Karen Gardiner, Escaping Justice in Wonderland, pp. 47~60 in The Carrollian, Issue 33, 2020 (see blog entry)
  • ⭐⭐⭐ Karen Gardiner (PhD thesis), A New Evaluation: The Theological Influence of F. D. Maurice on the Imaginative Works of Lewis Carroll, 2022-09
  • ⭐⭐⭐ Lewis Carroll (poem), Martin Gardner (annotator), Henry Holiday (Illustrator), Charles Mitchell (Contributor), Selwin H. Goodacre (Contributor), The Hunting of the Snark, 1876/1981 (William Kaufmann, Inc) (Errata to the 1st “Trade Edition”) (Goodreads)
  • ⭐⭐ Jacqueline (Jackie) Ford, Nancy Harding, Sarah Gilmore, Re/searching leadership: A critique in two agonies and nine fits, 2022 (You might want to read this as a satire on leadership research.)
  • ⭐⭐ C.L. Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Eternal Punishment, pp. 345-355 in The Lewis Carroll picture book, 1899
  • ⭐⭐ Louise Schweitzer (Louise Dumas), Lewis Carroll and “The Hunting of the Snark”, pp. 197-257 in One Wild Flower, Ph.D. thesis, 2012 (Goodreads)
  • ⭐ S. L. Ollard, A Short History of the Oxford Movement, 1915
  • ⭐ Alexander L. Taylor, The White Knight (especially chapter VI, Chasms and Crags), 1952
  • ⭐ John Tufail, Understanding Carroll’s Theological and Philosophical Views (PDF), 2010
  • ⭐ John Tufail, The Illuminated Snark, An enquiry into the relationship between text and illustration in ‘The Hunting of the Snark’ (PDF), 2004
  • Lewis Carroll (poem), Martin Gardner (annotator), Henry Holiday (Illustrator), The Hunting of the Snark, 1876/1962 (Penguin Classics) (Goodreads)
  • Lewis Carroll (poem) and Mahendra Singh (illustration), The Hunting of the Snark, 1876/2014 (Goodreads)
    (Mahendra Singh’s illustrations often contain pictorial references to works of other artists. He started to hide many pictorial conundrums in his Snark book before I learned to know him in December 2008. Mahendra then encouraged me to continue my Snark hunt in Henry Holiday’s illustrations. Without him probably my blog wouldn’t exist.)
  • Günther Flemming, ALICE. Band 3: Die Jagd nach dem Schnark (Lewis Carroll), ALICEANA & Essays zu Leben und Werk. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt und kommentiert, 668 pages, (Berlin, 2013)
  • Katherine Wakely-Mulroney: The Man Who Loved Children: Lewis Carroll Studies’ Evidence Problem, Journal of the History of Sexuality, University of Texas Press, Volume 30, Number 3, pp. 335-362, 2021-09 (see
  • Mark R. Richards, about Dodgson and Darwin, 2011
  • Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, The Story of Alice, 2015
    (In Chapter 3, Rule Forty-Two and Dudgson’s not too happy time at Rugby School are addressed. Chapter 24 critically addresses Dodgsons photography of children.)
  • Madhusudan S. Muerjee, Stuff and Nonsense – An analysis of nonsense literature with special reference to the works of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll (PhD thesis), 2011
  • Jean-Jacques Lecercle (I think there is less nonsense in the Snark than Lecercle believes.)
    • Philosophy of Nonsense – The intuitions of Victorian nonsense literature, 1994
    • Philosophy through the Looking-Glass – Language, nonsense, desire, 1985
    • The Violence of Language, 1990
  • Terry Eagleton, Alice and Anarchy, 1941, New Blackfriars, Volume22, Issue259, p 447~455
  • Charlie Lovett, Lewis Carroll: Formed by Faith, 2022
    (In the last chapter beginning at p. 263, the debate about the the doctrine of eternal punishment is addressed. It was triggered by an essay published in 1860 in the controversial Essays and Reviews, published in 1860, where Henry Bristow Wilson in which Wilson questioned the doctrint. Regrettably, there are no references to Karen Gardiner‘s excellent research in Lovett’s book.)
  • Gilles Deleuze, The Logic of Sense, 1969/1990 (YouTube: Introduction by Terence Blake)
  • Michael Maurer, Kleine Geschichte Englands
    (This was the first book that made me aware of Thomas Cranmer’s 42 Articles. Today I recommend Geschichte Englands, 2020)
  • William Whitla, Victor Shea (editors), Essays and Reviews: The 1860 Text and Its Reading, 2000
    (E&R also is available in, but without the annotations and the accompanying documents.)
  • more links related to Article 42 in Thomas Cranmer’s Forty-Two Articles (eternal punishment)
  • more @ Goodreads: [1][2]
  • my publications in the LCSNA Knight Letter
  • miscellaneous links
    The image shows
    ※ my first book which made me aware of Thomas Cranmer’s 42 Articles,
    ※ my latest guide through the Snark galaxy.
    It’s heavy reading now. (I set the scale to imperial units. That will make Jacob Rees-Mogg happy. Later, in hell, he will be forced to use Planck units.)

    2021-06-08, updated: 2024-06-15

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