'It is difficult to imagine how a guide to the Alice books could be more helpfully organised.' - Ronald Warwick, The Times Higher Education Supplement Lewis Carroll's Alice books are literary classics, but they have influenced more than just the world of literature. The Alice books have been adapted for film, television, radio and the stage; and Alice herself has become a cultural artefact, right down to the hairband she wears which is of course named after her. Other characters from the books live on outside the covers: who can ever forget the grinning Cheshire cat, or the Mad Hatter's tea party? This extraordinary companion to the Alice books offers not simply an explanation of the characters and situations that fill their pages, but explains how they relate to the life and experiences of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson - better known to millions of readers as Lewis Carroll.
JO ELWYN JONES and J FRANCIS GLADSTONE both grew up reading 'Alice' in the dark days of World War II. Their 30 years of writing and television film projects have been on such diverse subjects as town planning, baseball and the origins of life. They both worked on the BBC 'Horizon' series and its American opposite number, 'Nova' , which they helped to create, making documentary films on science, medical ethics and the history of disease. Throughout this career a basic and pervasive interest in 'Alice' remained, a sense that Lewis Carroll was a great modernist and that 'Alice' defined for Carroll and his readers both the insanity of the world and the possibility of remaining a dignified human being when confronted by it . In 1995 they published their first 'Alice' book, The Red King's Dream. The 'Alice' Companion celebrates the many levels of scholarship and sociological insight clustering round the 'Alice' stories for contemporary readers.