Looking beyond the looking glass

by DRM

via bl.uk

The British Library has a remarkable collection of original manuscripts available online, including the handwritten manuscript for Alice in Wonderland. Click through to it and peruse.

The best comparison I can think of is William Blake for the absolutely organic relationships of image and text. The entire work is a piece of art, and the published versions that I have seen, despite their polished and colorful presentation, can’t compare to this utterly engulfing world that Carroll created through the steady work of his hand.

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