Books: Alice and the Wasp Lost and Found

LEWIS CARROLL, THE WASP IN A WIG: THE "SUPPRESSED" EPISODE OF THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Lewis Carroll Society. Clothbound, $10. Paperback, with $10 membership in the society.

On June 1, 1870, Illustrator John Tenniel sent his author a letter of complaint. "Don't think me brutal," he wrote, "but I am bound to say that the 'wasp' chapter doesn't interest me in the least." He found that depicting an insect with a golden wig was "altogether beyond the appliances of art." Reluctantly, Lewis Carroll expunged the episode of the wasp from his manuscript of Through...

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