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Lessons We Can Learn From Alice in Wonderland

As a new exhibition opens in New York, we have a look at everything we can study from the legendary tale, alongs >archive materials

Over 150 years after its release, Alice in Wonderland remains a cult classic in both pop culture and literature alike with its creative cast of characters, fanciful poems and scenes loved and appreciated by all generations. The tale defies logic within the most fantastical way: babies develop 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, whilst the story itself makes countless references to tea parties and Oxford.

The exhibition Alice today:

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 associated with exhibition that is new look at the lessons we could learn 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 usage of a book without pictures or conversation?” She spots a rabbit that is white by, eventually diving into a hole. Continue reading