Archives For Lewis Carroll


Of the many books that will get adapted to film in 2016,
Here are our most anticipated ones.

(In order, leading up to the most anticipated.)
*** Be sure to read (or re-read) the book before you see the movie!

Through the Looking Glass
by Lewis Carroll
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Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871) is a novel by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), the sequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865). Set some six months later than the earlier book, Alice again enters a fantastical world, this time by climbing through a mirror into the world that she can see beyond it. Through the Looking-Glass includes such celebrated verses as “Jabberwocky” and “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, and the episode involving Tweedledum and Tweedledee. (via Wikipedia)


Film Adaptation: Alice through the Looking Glass

Released: May 27. Director: James Bobin
Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska

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In Honor of Lewis Carroll’s birthday today…
Part of what made his Alice books extraordinary were the illustrations by John Tenniel.

Here are 10 of our favorite illustrations…

Get the Alice Books on your E-reader for FREE!

(Unfortunately, these editions are sans illustrations)


Frontispiece to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

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‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ said Alice. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.'”
– Lewis Carroll, (aka Charles Dodgson)

Born on this day 1832
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***DOWNLOAD FREE ebook editions of Carroll’s Two most famous books
(via Thrifty Christian Reader)
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The Wake Up Call
Poem of the Day:
A Poem on the American Flag
Pete Seeger,
who died on this day, last year
via Smithsonian Folkways

*** Our Tribute to Pete Seeger
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Kindle Ebook Deal of the Day:
The Grand Paradox: The Messiness of Life, the Mystery of God and the Necessity of Faith

By Ken Wytsma
(his BRAND-NEW book!)
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The Wake Up Call – January 27, 2015


Early Children's LiteratureThis is the latest post in a series that will, in effect, create a library of classics that are available as free ebooks.
Last week’s post (1st in the series):  [ Classics of Ancient History ]

This week we focus on Early Children’s Literature (Pre-1900). We have selected the following books as recommended reading.
Next week we will continue the focus on Children’s Lit with a list of 20th century classics…
These are important books that would be great for children to read or for families to read aloud together. This list is also a great resource for homeschooling families.


In 2013, we are encouraging our readers to mix up their reading habits, and read (or re-read) classics in addition to new books, such as the ones we review here in the ERB.

Broadly speaking, a classic is any book that is not a new book, or in other words that is worth reading five, ten or even one hundred years after its initial publication. ERB Editor Chris Smith has an article on The Huffington Post website arguing for reading a mix of classics and new books in 2013.

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A Brief Review of Ann Lauterbach’s

Paperback: Penguin, 2009.
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Review by Brittany Sanders.

 In her most recent collection, Or To Begin Again, poet Ann Lauterbach offers readers poems which seem anxious to be read, yet stubbornly unwilling to give up their overriding message (if there is one). Although only one piece is officially “untitled,” it feels as though the whole book might fit that description. There is no doubt of Lauterbach’s intelligence, nor of her writing talent, as evidenced by the prose-poem sections of “Alice in the Wasteland.” Yet her poetry lacks accessibility to such a degree that readers might find themselves so frustrated and dazed by her pinball imagery that they cannot appreciate the beauty of the words themselves. She is either deliberately elusive—perhaps to heighten her esoteric appeal—or her ideas are so densely piled on top of each other that they defy coherent encapsulation.

    Despite her cryptic free verse, Lauterbach manages some unique commentary on poetry, claiming (through Alice) that they do not need to rhyme because “poems are examples of themselves,” and “you know a poem is a poem the way you know love is love.” If the entire volume read like this, Lauterbach would be gobbled up by poetry lovers everywhere. But these lines are actually the best in the book, most of which does not sustain this caliber of literary philosophy. Other poems reference modern technology, incarnated as Microsoft Word (“Dear Blank”) and iTunes (“The Scale of Restless Things”). Jesus shows up in snapshot form as “a Jewish peasant / his teaching, agrarian” although the author’s style is too abstract to allow conclusive theology.

    The most intriguing poem is the darkly whimsical “Alice in the Wasteland,” in which a version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice dialogues with a mysterious voice. Amidst much speculation about the interplay between word structure and meaning, Alice weeps over “air trapped in hair, as the O in snow.” Though it is difficult to isolate a central theme within this volume, many of its poems do share a sense of entrapment, both as frustrated verbal expression and emotional bondage. Perhaps this is Lauterbach’s intention: to ensnare readers within her long, labyrinthine poems so they can vicariously experience the sensation of being lost and trapped. Furthermore, maybe her poems are meant to reflect being trapped within a problem, unable to find an escape or even move forward; thus the last poem, “Or To Begin Again,” shares its title with the collection, perhaps reflecting the inexorable cycle of indefinite meaning from which none can escape.

    The cover of this volume features a scene reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Vertigo: a hypnotic, off-center shot of a winding staircase, leading down into a reflective pool of water. As a whole, the image could easily be taken for an over-sized eye, the rippling pool forming the pupil, surrounded by an unsettling white staircase. Much like its cover, Or To Begin Again will both attract and disturb its readers, coupling the bizarre with the beautiful, the irrelevant with the real.