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Alice's Adventures Underground, is the original manuscript that became "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll. This illustrated volume includes illustrations by the author. Hyperlinked chapters Illustrated

30 review for Alice's Adventures Underground, The Original Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

  1. 5 out of 5

    emma

    did you know there are versions of this book you can read IN LEWIS CARROLL'S HANDWRITING? unrelatedly, my life has just peaked ------------ This book is a half-baked, unfinished, not-intended-for-publishing version of a now-existing book, and guess what? It’s still fantastic. Your fave could, simply put, never. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground is mainly impressive for what it had been - a story Charles Dodgson made up on the spot while rowing a boat, in an unparalleled feat of multitasking - and what did you know there are versions of this book you can read IN LEWIS CARROLL'S HANDWRITING? unrelatedly, my life has just peaked ------------ This book is a half-baked, unfinished, not-intended-for-publishing version of a now-existing book, and guess what? It’s still fantastic. Your fave could, simply put, never. Alice’s Adventures Under Ground is mainly impressive for what it had been - a story Charles Dodgson made up on the spot while rowing a boat, in an unparalleled feat of multitasking - and what it will become. What it will become, obviously, is not only Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (inarguably one of the greatest children’s classics of all time, and that’s not even just me playing favorites) but DOUBLE THE LENGTH. Dodgson never intended to publish this book!!! He just told Alice Liddell a story, Alice was like “hey that was an especially good story, can you write it out for me?” Dodgson is like ya sure give me a few months, I’ll do 37 pen drawings, and...here you go here’s a manuscript merry Christmas even though it’s November. Smash cut to: the Liddells use that sh*t as a coffee table book because who wouldn’t, all their guests read it because who wouldn’t, and everybody tells Dodgson to publish it because who wouldn’t. But at first he didn’t intend to! And then once he gave in, he just...doubled the length. HOW DOES YOUR MIND WORK LIKE THAT!!! This has less nonsense and wonder and whimsy and complicated quasi-logic in it than the book we all know, but that really just shows that Carroll’s mind was able to just COME UP WITH THAT. He just added poems and songs and the Mad Hatter and March Hare and Dormouse and their mad tea party and the Cheshire Cat and the Duchess and the baby who turns into a pig and a bunch of other things and made a masterpiece. And really, that’s more impressive than if it could be found here, too. Again I will say: Your. Fave. Could. Never. Bottom line: I could live a thousand years and read a million books and never love any of them like I love Alice and her adventures in Wonderland. --------- i honestly think i could live a thousand years and not find anything i love as much as Alice and Wonderland. review to come --------- i literally scream from the rooftops that Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is my favorite book and i am only just now reading this for the first time. who am i. (shoutout to my roommate for knowing me better than anyone and getting me the best gift ever) (read: this book)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimley

    This is the real Alice as photographed by Lewis Carroll back in the 1860s: I suspect Humbert Humbert would approve... Unsubstantiated rumors aside, this is a wonderful replica of the original book that Carroll hand wrote and illustrated himself as a gift for the young Alice. You can see the original manuscript at the British Library which has been a highlight of all my trips to London. Hopefully they've cleaned up the drool I left on the glass case when I was last there ogling it. This book is only This is the real Alice as photographed by Lewis Carroll back in the 1860s: I suspect Humbert Humbert would approve... Unsubstantiated rumors aside, this is a wonderful replica of the original book that Carroll hand wrote and illustrated himself as a gift for the young Alice. You can see the original manuscript at the British Library which has been a highlight of all my trips to London. Hopefully they've cleaned up the drool I left on the glass case when I was last there ogling it. This book is only about half the length of the eventually published version that is beloved by so many but it's clear already why everyone encouraged him to go ahead and get it out there for the general public. Most of what is here is in the final version with only a few minor changes and several significant additional adventures added. The Mad Hatter, the Duchess and the Cheshire Cat are notably absent from this early version but the general framework of the story is firmly in place. Carroll's illustrations are amateurish however they still possess a charm all their own. This book is a must for the serious Alice fan and stands completely on its own even if you haven't read the "official" version. And seriously, if you haven't read the official version then get to it my friend, NOW! If Carroll had given me a book like this when I was little, I would have let him take my picture...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jo (A follower of wizards)

    Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite stories. I loved it as a child, and I still love it now. In fact, I think I appreciate it even more as an adult. This book is an anniversary edition of the original manuscript. It is a great deal simpler than the version everybody knows. It is missing some rather significant scenes, such as The mad hatters tea party, and meeting the Cheshire cat. That actually, is probably one of my favourite scenes. Every time I reread Alice in wonderland, I find it more Alice in wonderland is one of my favourite stories. I loved it as a child, and I still love it now. In fact, I think I appreciate it even more as an adult. This book is an anniversary edition of the original manuscript. It is a great deal simpler than the version everybody knows. It is missing some rather significant scenes, such as The mad hatters tea party, and meeting the Cheshire cat. That actually, is probably one of my favourite scenes. Every time I reread Alice in wonderland, I find it more absurd and nonsensical each time. I'm not sure whether that's anything to do with my age, but, I do know that this captivating story will have my heart forever.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tosh

    Exact reproduction of the book given to Alice by Lewis Carroll. What we have here is an early version of 'Alice in the Wonderland' with illustrations by the author. A very beautiful book by a unique genius. There is always the question of what Carroll's desires lie with respect to young Alice - but the truth is Carroll is a brilliant mind that wrote literature that is superb in every corner of the mind - the light and the dark. This book would make a great gift. To that special someone.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dawnie

    Super strange, defiantly not something that i personally see as anything necessary at all, but i do see why some people might love this story, and i do see the potential for it as a beautiful illustrated picture book. I am sure that adds another layer to it that makes the story that much more enjoyable.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tommie

    This particular book is one of my favorite possessions. Alice in Wonderland was my favorite story growing up. This book has photos of the "real" Alice, the little girl for whom Carroll wrote his stories. It is also a reproduction of his original stories, in his handwriting, exactly the same as what he gave to Alice as a final gift. My mother purchased it for me before she passed away which makes it even more special. A beautiful copy of a beloved story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    The original, shorter version of Alice in Wonderland that Lewis Carroll wrote for his friends, before expanding it for publication.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Aishwarya

    The original manuscript of Alice is pretty much Alice minus almost all the things I love about Alice. The Cheshire Cat doesn't figure in the letters. Neither do the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Duchess or the Dormouse. Babies don't turn into pigs, the cook doesn't set everyone sneezing and one of my favorite lines "We're all mad here" doesn't exist in this universe. But it isn't all bad. The Mock Turtle might not talk about Drawling or Fainting in coils but he does sing "Soop of the e-evening The original manuscript of Alice is pretty much Alice minus almost all the things I love about Alice. The Cheshire Cat doesn't figure in the letters. Neither do the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Duchess or the Dormouse. Babies don't turn into pigs, the cook doesn't set everyone sneezing and one of my favorite lines "We're all mad here" doesn't exist in this universe. But it isn't all bad. The Mock Turtle might not talk about Drawling or Fainting in coils but he does sing "Soop of the e-evening! Beautiful Soup!". The trial might not include the delightful antics of the King ("Start at the beginning, go on till the end and then stop.") or the jurors or the suppression of guinea pigs but the book did have the mouse singing a different song (a more delightful one, in my opinion) and beautiful illustrations for Old Father William. Not to mention that it was also nice to find that a lot of the wonderful prose Lewis Carroll originally penned in his letters made it to the published book. My admiration for him has only increased greatly. I'd forgotten how much I love descriptions like these: "Write that down," the King said to the jury; and the jury eagerly wrote down all three dates on their slates, and then added them up, and reduced the answer to shilling and pence. It helped me realize how much I love Alice and made me read it (the published version) again. That's always a plus in my book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    leynes

    This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. This is basically the ur-text of Alice Adventures in Wonderland and boy am I happy that Carroll revised it because all the good rhymes and funny puns are not in the ur-text. Don't get me wrong I think for a first draft this is actually terrific work because the idea behind the story is quite clever and sooo original and it's also really nice that he just made that story up for the real little Alice - but reading a first draft is always a little weird and This wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. This is basically the ur-text of Alice Adventures in Wonderland and boy am I happy that Carroll revised it because all the good rhymes and funny puns are not in the ur-text. Don't get me wrong I think for a first draft this is actually terrific work because the idea behind the story is quite clever and sooo original and it's also really nice that he just made that story up for the real little Alice - but reading a first draft is always a little weird and not as satisfying as the last version. Also Carroll gets bonus points because his handwriting is just beautiful and neat af

  10. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    I never read the other adventures of Alice. Nice children's book and a good read. Recommended

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Kingston

    I wanted to read one of my many copies of Alice in Wonderland in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the novel, and on the final day of 2015, I remembered that goal and sat down with the facsimile of the original manuscript for the book that became Alice. It's a lot of fun to see where the version which we are all so familiar with came from, and it's hard not to get a little thrill when you see the familiar words set down in the author's own hand. As a first draft, it of course does lack som I wanted to read one of my many copies of Alice in Wonderland in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the novel, and on the final day of 2015, I remembered that goal and sat down with the facsimile of the original manuscript for the book that became Alice. It's a lot of fun to see where the version which we are all so familiar with came from, and it's hard not to get a little thrill when you see the familiar words set down in the author's own hand. As a first draft, it of course does lack some of the fine tuning in the final version of the book, but it's wonderful to see the formative stages of something so memorable.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    If you are a fan of amazing books, fantastic illustrations, and just happiness in general then please pick up a copy of Alice's Adventures Underground. Even if it's just to use as decoration, I can promise you it will be a fantastic investment. READ MY FULL REVIEW HERE: https://frumiousreadsbooks.wordpress.... Subscribe to me on YouTube! youtube.com/c/Frumious

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    First of all for all the reviews I glimpsed at I cannot understand why so many are wanting to prove that they know the full name of the little girl behind it and why they felt it important to include her in each and every review. As a result you can look at those reviews if you want to know who she was. To begin with I find the introduction very interesting, especially as we purchased the manuscript so just so we could present it back to the English. Sticking with the strange and even stranger First of all for all the reviews I glimpsed at I cannot understand why so many are wanting to prove that they know the full name of the little girl behind it and why they felt it important to include her in each and every review. As a result you can look at those reviews if you want to know who she was. To begin with I find the introduction very interesting, especially as we purchased the manuscript so just so we could present it back to the English. Sticking with the strange and even stranger aspects it fits the profile of the story itself in its own weird aspect. As for the book it is nice to be able to see the beautiful penmanship since so many samples have been lost over the years of other famous people. It reminds us just how much the written word was so important that it was actually much more legible than many samples we have nowadays. Also to see the sketchings he made also helped to add to the book by giving Carroll back his own artistic licensing, especially when the Disney versions are now so much more prevalent. The writing itself was interesting while the author seemed to prefer the words queer, little and stupid more than anything else. The first isn't a surprise but the whole stupid added yet another dimension to the "Wonderland" tale than what many readers are provided for when they read the story while in all versions I feel quite sorry if there was an actual Florence. This pre-Wonderland isn't as dreamy, outlandish or silly but has a lot more sense. There are parts where he attempts to make the step out into that realm but really quickly does Carrolll seem to move back into more safer grounds. As a result commonsense dictates instead of the caucus race and so many now favorite characters are missing but the reader at the same time gets a sense of just how much the idea had to develop before it became a classic that would be produced by Disney. At the same time I kind of wish there has been a work done that would explain how between this manuscript and the classic the story developed even more into becoming the piece that we marvel at today. All in all it was a fun step out of Wonderland and an interesting look at the skeleton of a classic before it reached its winning mark. And for Wonderland fans this may be a bit disappointing read in its full presentation but it does save Alice from looking so frivolous while adding to her story.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Hsiao Ming

    I must confess that I have never read anything from Alice in Wonderland, the only knowledge I had of this fairy tale is what is shown by Disney (and even then it took quite a while before I even watched the movie). Nevertheless, it was very interesting to read such an early manuscript of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Especially the personal touch by Lewis Carroll, shown through his drawings, handwriting and foreword. It made it more clear what kind of person the author was and his motivations and thoug I must confess that I have never read anything from Alice in Wonderland, the only knowledge I had of this fairy tale is what is shown by Disney (and even then it took quite a while before I even watched the movie). Nevertheless, it was very interesting to read such an early manuscript of 'Alice in Wonderland'. Especially the personal touch by Lewis Carroll, shown through his drawings, handwriting and foreword. It made it more clear what kind of person the author was and his motivations and thoughts behind this story. I find it quite amazing how his imagination worked and how he concocted these peculiar events. It was overall a very nice, enjoyable read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    the alice stories are classics for good reason and a personal favourites of mine, having read them countless times in many editions. reading the original story Carroll initially gave to Alice, in his own hand and with his illustrations, is an altogether different kind of magic. rereading alice, whether under ground, wonderland or looking glass, feels like i'm coming home and back to my childhood, and that is a very special thing to me

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Sarkies

    The original Alice 6 June 2013 This is what is typically known as an ur-text, namely a rough draft that has been extensively rewritten to produce the final work (though when I think of an ur-text, I usually think of the ancient world). Needless to say it is nowhere near as good as the original text, though for some reason people wanted Lewis Carol (or whatever his name is, and I can't be bothered looking it up at the moment) to publish the original story that he told Alice Liddel that day they we The original Alice 6 June 2013 This is what is typically known as an ur-text, namely a rough draft that has been extensively rewritten to produce the final work (though when I think of an ur-text, I usually think of the ancient world). Needless to say it is nowhere near as good as the original text, though for some reason people wanted Lewis Carol (or whatever his name is, and I can't be bothered looking it up at the moment) to publish the original story that he told Alice Liddel that day they were rowing down that river in Oxford (I know the river because I have been to Oxford, but I cannot remember the name of it – I think it is the Thames, but I could be completely and utterly wrong – and probably am). I am not a big fan of ur-texts, unless of course a friend hands me one to read because they want to publish it (and so far I have only one friend who has actually published something, though he got me to critique the first book, but not the rest). The only ur-texts that I am actually interested in are the ancient ones, such as the ones that you find in ancient Babylon. For instance there are lots of different versions of the Epic of Gilgamesh, though there is one that is generally accepted as the authentic version. Then there are also theories of the ur-text to the Bible, but the thing is that we don't actually have them so any possible texts that arose is mere speculation. However, when it comes to books like the Bible, the ur-text might actually be substantially bigger than the final proof that we have, and the reason for that is that the editors (Moses when it comes to the first five books) has only brought out the important points that they want to get across. However, I am now thinking that the original texts are not necessarily ur-texts but rather source documents. As for modern literature, ur-texts can be useful for those who are extensively studying the particular text because it helps us understand how the polished version has come together. However, it can also be useful to aspiring writers in that they can see the rough draft that came before the final product. However some writers don't actually use ur-texts, such as Isaac Asimov, who didn't actually like to plan or rewrite any of his stories. In fact, the one story that he said he put a lot of effort into developing turned out to be really bad. In the end, as I say, each to their own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    This is just a shorten version of "Alice in Wonderland". It was the version he gave to little Alice, homemade and home illustrated, as a gift. He made a few copies and later expanded his work. Anyway, it was the first version I ever read of the story and I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I am not against children's literature and have liked quit a bit of it as an adult (especially E. Nesbit's "5 Children and It") and this one really ranks high. I am sure most people are famili This is just a shorten version of "Alice in Wonderland". It was the version he gave to little Alice, homemade and home illustrated, as a gift. He made a few copies and later expanded his work. Anyway, it was the first version I ever read of the story and I was pleasantly surprised on how much I enjoyed it. I am not against children's literature and have liked quit a bit of it as an adult (especially E. Nesbit's "5 Children and It") and this one really ranks high. I am sure most people are familiar with the story about Alice and The White Rabbit and so forth but I think most people may be surprised beyond the Disney version just how funny this short book is. Can't wait to read the expanded versions.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael Kott

    If you're unacquainted with the whole Alice story, this is not an additional Alice in Wonderland book, but the original story as Lewis Carroll told it to Alice Liddell. It was later expanded and published as 'Alice in Wonderland.' The introduction and comments from the Illustrator were interesting in explaining the story behind this version. This version does not include several characters Alice met, such as the Chesire Cat. Characters were added by the author when it was decided to turn what st If you're unacquainted with the whole Alice story, this is not an additional Alice in Wonderland book, but the original story as Lewis Carroll told it to Alice Liddell. It was later expanded and published as 'Alice in Wonderland.' The introduction and comments from the Illustrator were interesting in explaining the story behind this version. This version does not include several characters Alice met, such as the Chesire Cat. Characters were added by the author when it was decided to turn what started out as an audible story telling into a book. This was supposedly the version he wrote for little Alice after she asked for the story in writing. Interesting read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elba Horrocks

    This was the original manuscript that Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) gave to the real Alice. There were lots of rumors that Carroll was infatuated with young Alice. He would vacation with her family and tell Alice and her sisters stories. Alice asked Carroll to write this one down for her. He went to further embellish and later publish the version we are all familiar with Alice in Wonderland. This early version is missing the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and This was the original manuscript that Carroll (aka Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) gave to the real Alice. There were lots of rumors that Carroll was infatuated with young Alice. He would vacation with her family and tell Alice and her sisters stories. Alice asked Carroll to write this one down for her. He went to further embellish and later publish the version we are all familiar with Alice in Wonderland. This early version is missing the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the Dormouse and the baby that turns into a pig. It lacks a bit of the madness without the tea party and the characters mentioned. Still it was neat to read the original.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Trevains

    From what I gathered from the beginning of the book, before the story started, was that this is the closest to the original of this story. This has been the only "Alice" story I've read all the way through. Be this as it may, we've all heard a version of this story. Although there are things missing from this that are seen in later versions, this story is very well told. It's a super adorable read. Alice is bored with her sister's book. To her knowledge she winds up following a rabbit into a wor From what I gathered from the beginning of the book, before the story started, was that this is the closest to the original of this story. This has been the only "Alice" story I've read all the way through. Be this as it may, we've all heard a version of this story. Although there are things missing from this that are seen in later versions, this story is very well told. It's a super adorable read. Alice is bored with her sister's book. To her knowledge she winds up following a rabbit into a world of adventures. Low and behold, come the end of the book, she had been asleep on her sister's lap all the while. A sweet story to share with an adventurous little one. I loved it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well this is a children's book but I actually haven't read it before and it was fun to read it, especially this version of it because it's a bit different from other versions and the forewords about the background to Alice in Wonderland and Alice adventures under ground as the first version is called, the version I read. I didn't know that there iiwas a real Alice whp inspired the author and it was interesting to here. I like to read about Alice because she is very funny and a bit peculiar and s Well this is a children's book but I actually haven't read it before and it was fun to read it, especially this version of it because it's a bit different from other versions and the forewords about the background to Alice in Wonderland and Alice adventures under ground as the first version is called, the version I read. I didn't know that there iiwas a real Alice whp inspired the author and it was interesting to here. I like to read about Alice because she is very funny and a bit peculiar and so oblivus sometimes. I liked the last part the best but the ending was a bit boring, the typical"it was just a dream" ending wasn't what I expected but it doesn't matter that much.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Griffin

    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books of all time. This is a reproduction of the original manuscript that Lewis Carroll first wrote, in his own handwriting and with his own illustrations. It is an early form of the story that does not yet have some of the most popular scenes such as the Mad Hatter's tea party and the Chesire Cat scene. I really enjoyed reading this early edition and getting to see how the story has changed over time. It's a great addition to anyone's Alice Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is one of my favorite books of all time. This is a reproduction of the original manuscript that Lewis Carroll first wrote, in his own handwriting and with his own illustrations. It is an early form of the story that does not yet have some of the most popular scenes such as the Mad Hatter's tea party and the Chesire Cat scene. I really enjoyed reading this early edition and getting to see how the story has changed over time. It's a great addition to anyone's Alice in Wonderland collection. I completely recommend reading it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kindleworm Dot Com

    I'm having an Alice binge at the moment and decided i needed to go back to the very beginning of the story to see how it came about. This book is great, not just having the original story, but also letters to and from the author at the time. A wonderful piece of literary history. And now i'm straight into 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', which is the re-written and fleshed out edition of this original. Definitely something all adults should go back and read - and learn not to take things too ser I'm having an Alice binge at the moment and decided i needed to go back to the very beginning of the story to see how it came about. This book is great, not just having the original story, but also letters to and from the author at the time. A wonderful piece of literary history. And now i'm straight into 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', which is the re-written and fleshed out edition of this original. Definitely something all adults should go back and read - and learn not to take things too seriously.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Robert Munnings

    A great book which shows imagination and compassion. Written in Carroll's own hand with his own illustrations. The complex human condition with its joys of youth to the troubles of old age is examined through simple yet profound language and ideas. The story was a pleasure to read and experience and makes me want to read more of Carroll and other authors like him.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Raquel V

    This edition, much shorter than the more popular Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is surreal, sweet, inventive and fun in equal measures. I highly recommend the audiobook version.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kim Fleischmann

    Had to read this & the followup book "Through the Looking Glass" after I saw the play "Alice in Wonderland" by the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company in Baltimore. Turns out the play was a combination of the two stories, neither of which I had ever read but knew bits & pieces. Fun to read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Moran

    It was beautiful to read and compare this early version to the finalized story in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It was much less sophisticated and considerably less trippy than the longer version... It's great to read, short and fun, but I liked the longer version more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Alice is really annoying!!! But it was kind of funny, hence three stars. Interesting to see the seeds of Alice in Wonderland

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Mackay

    Alice! What can you say? The author's own drawings and hand writing. Wonderful!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gr1972

    4 out of 5

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