As a new exhibition opens in New York, we look at everything we can study from the legendary tale, alongs >archive materials
Over 150 years after its release, Alice in Wonderland remains a classic that is cult both pop culture and literature alike using its creative cast of characters, fanciful poems and scenes loved and appreciated by all generations. The tale defies logic in the most way that is fantastical babies turn into pigs, caterpillars dole out advice, flowers insult Alice, lobsters dance and croquet is played with flamingos. Quintessentially British, its narrative is of legendary proportions and embedded within culture, as the story itself makes references that are countless tea parties and Oxford.
Today the exhibition Alice:
150 Years in Wonderland opens in the Morgan Library and Museum in New York. The show includes the book’s manuscript that is original correspondences from author Lewis Carroll, vintage photographs of Alice Liddell (whom the book was inspired by), drawings and rare editions. Here, in celebration of the new exhibition we look at the lessons we are able to study from the original books, from indulging in whimsy to believing in the impossible.
1. Do go along the rabbit holeAlice’s Adventure in Wonderland begins on a riverbank, with Alice’s older sister reading to her. Clearly bored by the whole story, Alice wonders “what may be the utilization of a novel without pictures or conversation?” She spots a white rabbit running by, eventually diving into a hole. Alice follows her impulses and dives to the hole combined with rabbit, falling down into another realm.