Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – with M. L. Kirk and John Tenniel illustrations
This book, ‘Alice in Wonderland – with M. L. Kirk and John Tenniel illustrations’ forms part of our ‘Pook Press’ imprint, celebrating the golden age of illustration in children’s literature.
‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is the best known work of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 – 1898), better known by his pen name, ‘Lewis Carroll’. Telling the tale of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by surreal and anthropomorphic creatures, the book was a huge commercial success on its initial publication in 1865. It was followed by its sequel, ‘Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There’, in 1871. The books play at the heart of logical problems and literary nonsense – giving the narrative lasting popularity with adults and children alike.
The stories are accompanied by a set of dazzling illustrations from a two masters of the golden age of illustration: M.L. Kirk and Sir John Tenniel. Tenniel (1820 – 1914) was an illustrator, humourist and political cartoonist, who primarily worked for the famed magazine, Punch. Maria Louise Kirk (1860 – 1938) was more specifically a children’s illustrator, whose characteristic style included exceptionally technically-well-executed children, with bright foregrounds and foreboding dark backgrounds. Appearing alongside the text, the M. L. Kirk and John Tenniel illustrations further refine and elucidate Lewis Carroll’s captivating storytelling.