Curiouser and Curiouser
- Publication Date: September 15, 2020
- Imprint: V & A Publishing
- Trim Size: 9 1⁄2 x 11
- ISBN: 978-1-83851-004-6
- Page Count: 224
- Illustrations: 150 full-color illustrations
- Rights: North America
Explore the phenomenon of Alice in Wonderland, which has captivated readers from Walt Disney to Tim Burton for over 150 years
Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is a cultural phenomenon. First published in 1865, it has never been out of print and has been translated into 170 languages. But why does it have such enduring and universal appeal for both adults and children?
Beginning by plunging the reader into the spectacular new wonderland of acclaimed illustrator Kristjana J. Williams, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser goes on to explore how Lewis Carroll’s celebrated Alice books have fueled creative minds for over 150 years. This unique publication takes us on a journey whose scope ranges from art, literature, theatre and film through science and technology to fashion and politics, encouraging us to ask whether we should all try to be more like Alice.
“London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is set to host an “immersive and theatrical” exhibition that will explore the story’s evolution from children’s book to global phenomenon.”Vogue —
"Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will chart how the mind-bending tale of a little girl who discovers a fantasy world after falling down a rabbit hole has evolved beyond the page, inspiring artworks, ballets, songs, films and fashion.”Vogue —
“Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will explore the different interpretations of the story, since its publication back in ?1865, including Hollywood’s evolution of the tale - from the first cinematic retelling in 1903.”Evening Standard —
“Walt Disney himself once said "no story in English literature has intrigued me more than Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland," and his fondness of the original tale went onto to inspire a magical animated spectacular of the same name.”Bustle —
“The V&A has revealed that the original concept art for Disney’s 1951 animated version will feature, alongside John Tenniel’s original drawings for the book’s first edition.”Time Out —
About the author
Kate Bailey is senior curator of design and scenography, and Simon Sladen is senior curator of modern and contemporary performance, in the theatre and performance department at the V&A. Kristjana S. Williams is an Icelandic-born illustrator based in London. She has won numerous awards and has over 16,000 followers on Instagram.