One of the earliest and strictest lessons to the children of the house being how to turn the pages of their own literary possessions lightly and deliberately, with no chance of tearing or dog’s ears.
—John Ruskin, preface to Sesame and Lilies
And my ambition now is (is it a vain one?) to be read by Children aged from Nought to Five. To be read? Nay, not so! Say rather to be thumbed, to be cooed over, to be dogs’-eared, to be rumpled, to be kissed, by the illiterate, ungrammatical, dimpled Darlings, that fill your Nursery with merry uproar, and your inmost heart of hearts with a restful gladness!
—Lewis Carroll, preface to The Nursery “Alice”
(Source: Turn the Leaves and Use Them Well. The joys of experiencing Victorian children’s books as physical objects. By Hannah Field)
- The Hunting of the Snark
- My online version (1st version, 2010)
(It’s based on the 2007 version published by eBooks@adelaide. I added Carroll’s Easter Greeting and line numbers.)
- 2014 version from the closed-down eBooks@adelaide site, mirrored in snrk.de
- Gutenberg.org 29888 (mirrored)
- in Rhyme? And Reason? (with numbered stanzas)
- Audio 🔊:
- My online version (1st version, 2010)
- Alice’s Adventures Under Ground (illustrations by Lewis Carroll; complete facsimile)
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Through the Looking-Glass
- The Nursery Alice
- A Tangled Tale
- Pillow Problems and a Tangled Tale (The book is not online. But I quoted a few lines.)
- The Game of Logic (demonstrator)
- Symbolic Logic (Part I)
- What the Tortoise Said to Achilles
- Condensation of Determinants
- An Elementary Treatise on Determinants (archive.org)
- C.L. Dodgson, The Principles Of Parliamentary Representation, 1884 (see also https://snrk.de/the-mathematical-world-of-c-l-dodgson/)
- The Lewis Carroll Scrapbook Collection (US Library of Congress)
- Douglas Adams: Vogon Poetry
- Isa Bowman: The Story of Lewis Carroll
- Wilhelm Busch (translated by Charles Timothy Brooks): Max and Maurice
- Alfred Crowquill (illustrator): Comic Arithmetic
- Edward Lear: Nonsense Books
- Belle Moses: Lewis Carroll in Wonderland and at Home
- Christina Rossetti: Goblin Market (Synopsis and commentary)
- Books & papers about Dodgson/Carroll
I mirrored many of these texts in snrk.de from gutenberg.org in order to be able to insert tags into the files for referencing.
Sources for checking quotes:
- SearchInAll.txt is a 3MB plain text file for searching quotes in those writings of Carroll which are listed in this page. (Carroll/Dodgson’s letters are not in that file.)
- Alison Flood (The Guardian, 2021-03-01): Off with their heads! Why are Lewis Carroll misquotes so common online? (discussion)
- That’s not Alice
- Quotes from Tim Burton’s movie
- Misattributed Alice in Wonderland / Lewis Carroll quotes by Lenny de Rooy (2018-03-01; archive).
- Clémentine Beauvais, La curieuse histoire de la citation qui n’existait pas, 2017
- quoteinvestigator.com: Lewis Carroll, C.L. Dodgson
- Alice quotes
- Ophelia Brown’s grandmother’s copy ;-).
- Erroneously attributed to Carroll:
- «Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.» or «Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.» I don’t think that Dodgson/Carroll would have used the term “war”in that manner. There are attributions to various authors in the internet (admittedly, one of them I faked myself), for which, however, I did not find primary sources (discussion). Neither Lewis Carroll nor Jules de Gaultier nor Kellyanne Conway said it. From the Quote Investigator I learned that the credit for the quote goes to Benjamin de Casseres.
- «How long is forever? …» (not in any Alice book)
- «If You Don’t Know Where You’re Going, Any Road Will Take You There.» (about George Harrison by @everywherealice)
- «I’m not crazy, my reality is just different than yours.» (not in any Alice book)
- «When the day becomes the night, and the sky becomes the sea …» (not by Carroll; voiceover in some Alice Through the Looking-Glass movie)
- «People with the most narrow minds always seem to have the widest of mouths.» (one of the rarer misquotes)
- «We’re all mad here, all the best people are.» (correctly tweeted by @shubly, paraphrasing Lewis Carroll and Tim Burton.) «You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.» doesn’t sound too Carrollian either: “Linda Woolverton adapted and wrote the screenplay for the 2010 Alice, where this is from.” (Source: @KiriCallaghan)
- «The reason I don’t put my arm around your waist is because I am doubtful of the temperament of your flamingo.» (Randy Greif)
- «Amicus is lost down the rabbit hole on the other side of the looking glass — where “nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would.16 … 16 Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (1871).» Source: Case 1:17-cr-00232-EGS Document 228, GENERAL FLYNN’S BRIEF IN OPPOSITION TO AMICUS, p.29. It’s not in any of Carroll’s Alice books. Carroll uses “contrariwise“, not “contrary wise”. Perhaps some line from Tim Burton’s Alice again?
2018-10-20, update: 2022-11-22