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Phantomwise [Down the Rabbit-Hole]

A Carrollian appreciation blog dedicated to Alice in Wonderland, its many interpretations, and the man who imagined it all (as well as his other works).

For the personal preference of myself and my followers, I don't blog the Tim Burton film or "darker" Alices.
This blog supports the new research by Karoline Leach and Contrariwise.

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Charlton Kings house where the real Alice in Wonderland lived goes on sale

Just want to clarify that Alice didn’t actually live there, her grandparents lived there. She and her sisters only visited for a short period when her mother was expecting. Dodgson/Carroll did not meet Alice there; he did visit. Anddd that mirror did not inspire Through the Looking-Glass (auctions gotta stretch truth to get buyers).


a thing always starts with Tea

I’ve never heard of this. It was…bizarre

but not in a bad way. I think I liked it. But I’m not sure?

Part of the reason it’s so weird is that the writers obviously did research, which is unusual for a cartoon. I looked up the date of this which is 1995, around the beginning of the time that Dodgson was just starting to be re-examined.

Some parts made me uncomfortable (the children are unsure if Dodgson is a villain or not; you can guess why even though it’s only implied). The whole thing plays out like a real dream, maybe you could call it a nightmare, which is kind of why I do like it. I like this impossible house, how nothing is ever explained, and I sort of love the little jokes and stories Dodgson says, all of it has a Carrollian feel.

Perhaps you can interpret the episode that the writers are exploring the mystery of Dodgson. Nothing is explained because, in 1995, nothing was explained. Fellow Carrollians, watch it and let me know your thoughts.

And thank you OP for posting this, it escaped my attention and I’m adding it to my ‘inspired by’ adaptation list.

Jan Švankmajer’s Alice in Wonderland (1988); not from the books

Jan Švankmajer’s Alice in Wonderland (1988); not from the books


Tom Hiddleston in Crimson Peak as Sir Thomas Sharpe


Lewis Carroll.

It’s me or?

not just you

it’s like someone knew I needed more victorian hiddles for manip gifsets


Holmes trails the White Rabbit.
Artist unknown. Chalk art.


Holmes trails the White Rabbit.

Artist unknown. Chalk art.

Broad Walk, Christ Church (June 1857)Taken by Charles Dodgson a.k.a. Lewis Carroll
Courtesy of Lewis Carroll, Photographer

Broad Walk, Christ Church (June 1857)
Taken by Charles Dodgson a.k.a. Lewis Carroll

Courtesy of Lewis Carroll, Photographer

(Source: still-she-haunts-me-phantomwise)

These white stone references occur on days when he was inspired or uplifted in some way, perhaps by art or music, as in the entry of 18 March, 1856, when he heard the beautiful words of Handel’s Messiah, sung by Jenny Lind, the hymn he particularly admires being the verse from Isaiah — He shall feed his flock like a shepherd (Isaiah 40.11). But by far the majority of references occur on day when he was in the company of children. He found that “Their innocent unconsciousness is very beautiful, and gives one a feeling of reverence, as at the presence of something sacred.

On July 10, 1866, Dodgson he wrote in his Diary, “My heart is very heavy: I resolve to pray but seem to beat the air…

The phrase is from Paul (Corinthians, Chapter 9). Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly, so fight I, not as one that beateth the air." Corinthians 1, 9:24-26

It is the need for the gladiator to prepare himself for his match in the arena, and the need for the runner to train his body for the victory. Those who allow themselves to indulge, rather than to deny, will be distracted by the things of the world, cannot hope to conquer their adversaries. Neither can they receive the tessera, the white stone; the incorruptible crown. Those who hope to win must train, as Paul says. The quote from Corinthians uses the analogy of the boxer, who must learn to make each blow count, rather than flailing at the air. Just as the gladiator receives the tessera for his success against a physical opponent, the white stone is given to those who overcome challenges to spirituality and our hope of a life after death in Christ.

Lyon, Kate. “The White Stone.” Contrariwise: the Association for New Lewis Carroll Studies. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar 2014. <>.


The Taffy Tango!

Alice adaptations that aren’t on DVD (A bit of a off topic post)


Adaptations that I would love to see on DVD but haven’t been given one yet:

the 1983 anime had four easy to find English dubbed episodes. I would love it if there was one day a DVD, It was only released on VHS.

Adventures in Wonderland was a TV series back in the early nineties and had a VHS release, again, as yet there has been no DVD release.

Alice in Wonderland (1985 anglia) This would be amazing, this TV adaptation is so rare that there’s only one article about it online.

(See the article here:

A DVD would just be fantastic, but sadly its highly unlikely.

I definitely want DVDs of Adventures in Wonderland. I don’t think it’s going to happen — the fanbase just won’t rally together to show that they want a DVDset. I’d just be happy if we found the missing 25 episodes at this point.

Same for Anglia, I’d just be happy if someone who recorded it put it on youtube. I tried to contact Anglia once about it, they had no idea what I was talking about. I think they thought I was talking about the other 1985 Alice and they recommend Amazon. *facepalm* I also tried asking the writer of that article if he could post them, but he never responded.

Other Alices I would like releases of:

  • 1910
  • 1928
  • a restored version of 1949 (English and French versions; there’s at least a rare restored version of the English film at a museum)
  • Ford Theatre Hour 1950 (if it was recorded)
  • Kraft’s Television Theatre 1954
  • Hallmark 1955 (they could put it as an extra on a 1999 release or something!)
  • it’d be nice to have a higher quality of the 1966 Hanna-Barbera cartoon on DVD
  • a restored version of 1972

We’ll just have to wait and see. I thought I’d never get to see 1931, 1970, 1973, or 1986 — amazing things can happen!

Alice 30 day challange: Day 1


Yes, I know I’m late to the party and that most people have already done this, but better late than never!

Day 1: What was your first encounter with Alice (how were you introduced to the stories)?

This is quite a long story but….

when I was seven (11 years ago now! I feel old already) my Dad happened to give me Alice’s adventures in Wonderland as he “couldn’t get on with it” and thought that I might like it. He had read it in the first place because he likes The Beatles and John Lennon adored both books.  So anyway, I got my dad’s copy. It was this here, an edition that included Carroll’s illustrations for Alice’s adventures underground and didn’t use tenniel’s (although I later discovered those):


(I think the girl on the front cover is meant to be either Alice or a Victorian reader of the books, I’m not sure which)

I read Alice’s adventures in Wonderland very quickly, and it was the first book I ever truly came to love. I was bullied at school because of my disabilities and used to read it over and over as an escape. I don’t know to this day what made me love it so much. I was already obsessed with Victoriana through History lessons at school and reading the first novel just exaggerated that. In fact, I probably wouldn’t have liked half the things that I like now if I hadn’t read the Alice books (I would have probably never liked the surrealist movement, for example)

I read Through the Looking-Glass  when I was nine. Although I absolutely 100 percent adore it, it never had the same life-changing effect on me as the first book did (although I was absolutely over the moon when I found out there was a sequel!)

You may be late, but I’m glad to see more people doing the Alice Challenge! It was so much fun to do and read other’s responses.

I’m touched that Alice helped you escape bullying; it helped me escape my depression. I think Mr. Dodgson would have been touched that Alice has been comforting to so many people. Anyway, I look forward to your Alice Challenge posts :)

Natalie Gregory as Alice and Martha Raye as the Duchess in Alice in Wonderland (1985). Many thanks to Kiwi for the scan!

Natalie Gregory as Alice and Martha Raye as the Duchess in Alice in Wonderland (1985). Many thanks to Kiwi for the scan!

My Alice films collection

all-in-the-golden-afternoon96 submitted:

I’ve already blogged this, but I thought I’d submit it in case you were interested. 

This is my collection of Alice films on DVD that I have collected since I was nine. I am very proud of it!


top row:

  • Alice in Wonderland (BBC, 1986)
  • Alice Through the Looking-Glass (BBC, 1973)
  • Alice’s adventures in Wonderland (1972)
  • Jan Svankmajer’s Alice Dvd + Blu-ray (1988)
  • Alice in Wonderland (BBC, 1966, BFI UK release, includes 1903 version)
  • Alica (Alice in Wonderland and through the Looking-Glass) (RUSSICO dvd, 1981 and 1982)

Second row:

  • Alice in Wonderland (2007, peter Westeggard opera)
  • Alice through the Looking-Glass (1998)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1949)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1983)
  • Alice at the Palace (1982)
  • Alice in Wonderland (and Alice through the Looking-glass) (1985 Irwin Allen mini series)

Third row:

  • Alice in Wonderland (1995)
  • Usuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland (2007 opera)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1984)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1999)
  • Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951, dvd and blu-ray)
  • Alice in Wonderland (1933)

last row:

  • Alice Through the Looking-glass (1966)
  • Alice in Wonderland: What’s the matter with the hatter? (2007)
  • Alice in Wonderland anime TV series 1, 2, and 3 (1983, french box sets)

Not pictured:

  •  Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Alice through the Looking-glass (1987)

Woooahhhhh! This is like the most impressive Alice DVD collection I’ve ever seen! You should be very proud! I only have these in video files; I’m still trying to build up my DVD collection. Also, I really need to get the Westergaard DVD too — I haven’t seen that opera yet.

Christ Church, Oxford
February 2, 1874

My dear Rivers,

The state of the case regarding my sisters is this. There are 7 in all.

1 does not stammer.

2 stammer very slightly (of these one is such an invalid, you are not likely ever to see her).

2 stammer to a moderate amount (of these one is married and lives in the north of England — you will never see her).

2 stammer rather badly.

So that probably you might have coming to you for lessons two rather bad cases, one moderate, and one very slight. If with this prospect (plus myself for occasional lessons), you are willing to take 30 guineas as fair remuneration, I have much pleasure in closing with the offer — and I enclose a cheque to the amount.

I hope they will come to you 2 or 3 at a time, as I am pretty sure they are all alike, and need the same rules: and if only they will make each other observe the rules, they might make rapid progress, in their own domestic circle.

Sincerely yours,
C.L. Dodgson

I have been speaking lately with almost no hesitation and with great comfort to myself — with the consciousness that the breath was flowing out in an unbroken stream — being decidely better since my last visit to you.

Lewis Carroll’s letter to H.F. Rivers, his speech therapist.

Cohen, Morton. The Letters of Lewis Carroll. 2 volumes. New York: Oxford University, 1979. 207. Print.

Charlotte Henry as Alice and Richard &#8216;Skeets&#8217; Gallagher as the White Rabbit in a promotional lobby image for Alice in Wonderland (1933). Thanks to ebay seller ski-vt.

Charlotte Henry as Alice and Richard ‘Skeets’ Gallagher as the White Rabbit in a promotional lobby image for Alice in Wonderland (1933). Thanks to ebay seller ski-vt.