New Online Exhibit: "Curiouser and Curiouser!": Exploring Wonderland with Alice

Screenshot of online exhibit, showing various illustrations of Alice in the header, sections of the exhibit in the left navigation bar, and a brief introduction in the central text area

Screenshot of the online exhibit: "Curiouser and Curiouser!": Exploring Wonderland with Alice.

The Special Collections Library is pleased to announce a new online exhibit: "Curiouser and Curiouser!": Exploring Wonderland with Alice. This exhibit features a selection of materials from the physical exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, which was on display in the 7th floor Exhibit Space of Hatcher Graduate Library, August 25, 2015 - December 17, 2015.  

Now long-established as a classic, translated into more than 170 languages, and continually re-interpreted for new generations of readers, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has become a touchstone of childhood in the modern imagination. We invite you to enjoy the curious creatures and landscapes of Wonderland through a selection of Alice editions and other related materials.  Of particular note is the November 1865 1st English edition, an exploration of how depictions of "The Mouse's Tail" have changed over time, an interpretive translation set in Aboriginal Australia,  and selected 20th & 21st century illustrated editions ofAliceAlso, for those interested in introducing Alice to K-12 students, be sure to take a look at the Curricular Materials section of the exhibit. 

The first page of the 1865 edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, showing a picture of the white rabbit and the first few sentences of the story.
Lewis Carroll. John Tenniel (illustrator), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London: Macmillan and Co., 1866. 
Gift of Dr. E. Frederick Lang.
Alice facing the March Hare and the Mad Hatter at a tea table under a tree. Folgers advertisement offer "Free When you buy one 2-lb. can of Folgers coffee
Lewis Carroll. Ted Schroeder (illustrator), Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and, Through the Looking Glass, Racine, WI: Western Publishing Company, Inc., 1970.
An aboriginal Alice meeting an Emu
Lewis Carroll. Nancy Sheppard (translator and adaptor). Byron S. Sewell (illustrator),  Alitjinya ngura tjukurtjarangka = Alitji in the dreamtime, Adelaide: Dept. of Adult Education, University of Adelaide. Hatcher Graduate Library.

Items in this exhibit are drawn principally from the Special Collections Library Children's Literature Collection. Volumes are also displayed from the Special Collection Library General & Rare Collection, the Hatcher Library Children's Literature Collection, and the Hatcher Graduate Library. 

For more information or questions about using these materials for research or teaching at any level, please contact the curators: 

Juli McLoone, Outreach Librarian & Curator, Special Collections Library
jmcloone@umich.edu | 734-936-2309

Jo Angela Oehrli, Children's Literature Librarian, Shapiro Undergraduate Library
jooehrli@umich.edu | 734-936-2376