Jon A. Lindseth and Alan Tannenbaum, eds. Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece. New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, 2015. 3 vol., 2635p., ill. ISBN 9781584563310. US $295.00 (hardback).
Lewis Carroll was a notoriously fastidious author, particularly when it came to negotiating the afterlife of his Alice books. From biscuit tins to stage productions, Carroll struggled to divest control of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and translations of the text were in no way exempt from his anxious scrutiny. Yet as Carroll himself was no linguist, and thus unable to judge the success of a given translation without taking advice from others, one might venture that authorizing non-English versions of his books constituted one of his more speculative ventures.