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A brief commentary prepared by Margaret Strain, PhD, Professor, English, on the following work:

Lewis Carroll
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
New York, 1969; portfolio of illustrations by Salvador Dalí; signed by the artist


In 1969, the work of two artists who died one hundred years apart came together when Maecenas Press–Random House issued Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with illustrations by surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.The pairing of a nineteenth-century logician’s tale with a master of twentieth-century modern art might seem, by turns, shocking and a stroke of genius. That is precisely what makes this rare collaboration so remarkable. What links Carroll and Dalí in the 1969 edition is their shared fascination with the fantastic, the dream world, and their respective cultures’ reliance on space and time to order human experience. What better way to turn staid convention topsy-turvy than to envision the world through the imagination of a child? And who better than a surrealist to express the world of unconscious desire, counter-logic, and alternate realities that Alice encounters on her journey?

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Margaret Strain, professor of English, discusses Lewis Carroll’s fascination with dreamworlds and the imagery of Alice as rendered by the artist Salvador Dalí.

Carroll: ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’


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