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The Nursery "Alice" (1890) is a shortened version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll — pseudonym of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832–1898) — adapted by the author himself for children "from nought to five". It includes 20 of John Tenniel's illustrations from the original book coloured, enlarged and, in some cases, revised.[1]

It was first published in 1890 by Macmillan, 25 years after the original Alice, and featured a new illustrated cover by E. Gertrude Thomson, who was a good friend of Dodgson.[2]

The work is not merely a shortened and simplified version, along the lines of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold in words of one syllable. It is written as though the story is being read aloud by someone who is also talking to the child listener, with many interpolations by the author, pointing out details in the pictures and asking questions, such as "Which would you have liked the best, do you think, to be a little tiny Alice, no larger than a kitten, or a great tall Alice, with your head always knocking against the ceiling?"[3] There are also additions, such as an anecdote about a puppy called Dash,[4] and an explanation of the word "foxglove".[5]

References

  1. The Nursery "Alice" at WorldCat
  2. Morton N. Cohen and Edward Wakeling (2003), Lewis Carroll and his illustrators, Macmillan, London, pp. 229–231
  3. The Nursery "Alice", Chapter II
  4. The Nursery "Alice", Chapter VI
  5. The Nursery "Alice", Chapter IX
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Characters
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice | White Rabbit | Dodo | Bill the Lizard | Caterpillar | Duchess | Cheshire Cat | March Hare | Hatter | Dormouse | Queen of Hearts | King of Hearts | Knave of Hearts | Gryphon | Mock Turtle
Through the Looking-Glass
Alice | Red Queen | White Queen | Red King | White King | White Knight | Tweedledum and Tweedledee | Sheep | Humpty Dumpty | Haigha | Hatta | The Lion and the Unicorn | Bandersnatch | Jubjub bird
Related topics
The Annotated Alice | Wonderland | Looking-glass world | Mischmasch | Works based on Alice in Wonderland (Films and television | Disney franchise) | Translations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Translations of Through the Looking-Glass
Adaptations
Poems
"All in the golden afternoon..." | "How Doth the Little Crocodile" | "The Mouse's Tale" | "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat" | "You Are Old, Father William" | "'Tis the Voice of the Lobster" | "Jabberwocky" | "The Walrus and the Carpenter" | "Haddocks' Eyes" | "The Mock Turtle's Song" | "The Hunting of the Snark"
Sequels
A New Alice in the Old Wonderland (1895) | New Adventures of Alice (1917) | Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966) | Alice Through the Needle's Eye (1984) | Automated Alice (1996) | Wonderland Revisited and the Games Alice Played There (2009)
Retellings
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold in words of one syllable (1905) | Alice in Verse: The Lost Rhymes of Wonderland (2010)
Parodies
The Westminster Alice (1902) | Clara in Blunderland (1902) | Lost in Blunderland (1903) | John Bull's Adventures in the Fiscal Wonderland (1904) | Alice in Blunderland: An Iridescent Dream (1904)
Imitations
Davy and the Goblin (1884) | The Admiral's Caravan (1891) | Gladys in Grammarland (1896) | A New Wonderland (1898) | Rollo in Emblemland (1902) | Justnowland (1912) | Alice in Orchestralia (1925)
Reimagining
Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This? (1966) | Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) | Dreamchild (1985) | Adventures in Wonderland (1991) | The Looking Glass Wars (2006) | Alice (2009) | Malice in Wonderland (2009) | Alice in Wonderland (2010) | Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)
Film
1903 | 1910 | 1915 | 1931 | 1933 | 1949 | 1951 | 1966 | 1972 | 1976 | 1982 | 1985 | 1987 | 1988 (Czechoslovak) | 1988 (Australian) | 1995 | 1999
Stage
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (ballet) | Alice in Wonderland (musical) | Alice in Wonderland (opera) | Peter and Alice (2013 play) | Wonder.land (musical)
Television
Fushigi no Kuni no Alice | Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Literary
Alice in Murderland | Alice in the Country of Hearts | Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
Video games
Alice no Paint Adventure (1995) | Alice in Wonderland (2000) | American McGee's Alice (2000) | Alice in Wonderland (2010) | Alice: Madness Returns (2011) | Disney Infinity (3.0)