[UCP Books]: Alice in Space

“Just when we all thought we knew the Alice books, along comes Gillian Beer, who opens up not just new doors, but whole new corridors and gardens down in Carroll’s sideways world. Alice in Space is a joy: playful, brilliant, and wise.”
Rebecca Stott, author of Darwin’s Ghosts: In Search of the First Evolutionists

Alice in Space

The Sideways Victorian World of Lewis Carroll
By Gillian Beer

US Publication Date: December 12, 2016 Cloth  $35.00 / £24.50
International Publication Date: January 9, 2017 ISBN-13: 978-0-226-04150-6

In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll created fantastic worlds that continue to delight and trouble readers of all ages today. Few consider, however, that Carroll conceived his Alice books during the 1860s, a moment of intense intellectual upheaval, as new scientific, linguistic, educational, and mathematical ideas flourished around him and far beyond. Alice in Space reveals the contexts within which the Alice books first lived, bringing back the zest to jokes lost over time and poignancy to hidden references.


Gillian Beer is the King Edward VII Professor of English Literature Emerita at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Darwin’s Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction and Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground. Named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1998, she has edited popular editions of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, Jane Austen’s Persuasion, and Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense: Collected Poems.

Please contact Rose Rittenhouse at (773) 702-0376 or rittenhouse@uchicago.edu for more information.


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