Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll

Hunting of the Snark

Lewis Carroll
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  • ISBN
    9780712358132 / 0712358137
  • Title Hunting of the Snark
  • Author Lewis Carroll
  • Category Classic Fiction (pre C 1945)
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Year 2011
  • Pages 100
  • Publisher
    The British Library Publishing Division
  • Imprint The British Library Publishing Division
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 194mm x 130mm

Annotation

The peculiar wit and imagination of Lewis Carroll are once again in evidence in The Hunting of the Snark, his epic nonsense poem which first appeared in 1876. Unlike the earlier 'Alice' books, this is a much darker work, with a prevailing atmosphere of disorder and chaos. This new edition is a facsimile of the 1876 original.

Publisher Description

The peculiar wit and imagination of Lewis Carroll are once again in evidence in The Hunting of the Snark, his epic nonsense poem which first appeared in 1876. Unlike the earlier Alice books, this is a much darker work, in which ten characters whose names begin with B, disappear, go mad and generally find themselves struggling to navigate an impossible path through a nonsensical world. Throughout the poem there is a prevailing atmosphere of disorder and chaos, heightened by Carroll's characteristic use of 'portmanteau' words (such as 'uffish', 'beamish' and 'fumious') and descriptions of grotesque creatures such as the Bandersnatch and the Jubjub bird. The meaning of the poem, and of the Snark itself, has been the subject of much debate. In his preface Carroll said 'In answer to your question, 'What did you mean the Snark was?' will you tell your friend that I meant that the Snark was a Boojum. I trust that she and you will now feel quite satisfied and happy.' Whatever its meaning, The Hunting of the Snark remains a fascinating read.
This new edition is a facsimile of the 1876 original, with reproductions of the original illustrations by Henry Holiday and is bound in red cloth with luxury gold embossing.

Author Biography

Lewis Carroll was the pen-name of the Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Born in 1832, he was appointed lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church, Oxford in 1855, where he spent the rest of his life. His most famous works, Alice's Adventures under Ground (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1872), were originally written for Alice Liddell, the daughter of the dean of his college. Charles Dodgson died in 1898.

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