Join us Today for the Opening of a New Exhibit Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice and Dinah the cat watching the white rabbit run across a meadow

Jon Scieszka. Mary Blair (illustrator). Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland retold by Jon Scieszka. New York : Disney Press, 2008. Gift of William A. Gosling. 

The Special Collections Library opens a new exhibit this week, "Curiouser and Curiouser!": Exploring Wonderland with Alice. We invite you to join the exhibit curators, Juli McLoone and Angie Oehrli to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland today (Wednesday, August 26th) from 4:00-5:00pm in the exhibit gallery on the 7th floor of Hatcher Graduate Library. Enjoy coffee and cookies while revelling in all things Alice, from the first edition in red cloth to Robert Sabuda's pop-up masterpiece, and from Alice-inspired modernist literature to more than three hours of Alice film clips. 

When first published in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland built upon existing traditions of literary fairy tales and nonsense verse, but struck new ground in the scope of its imagination and the introduction of a female protagonist whose defining characteristic was not virtuous obedience or domestic docility, but an imperious curiosity. Now long-established as a classic, translated into more than 170 languages, and continually re-interpreted for new generations of readers, Alice’s adventures have become a touchstone of childhood in the modern imagination. 

Goth interpretation of Mad Tea Party
Lewis Carroll. Camille Rose Garcia (illustrator). Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. New York: Collins Design, 2010. Gift of William A. Gosling.