Books: Wonderland Without Alice

THE HUNTING OF THE SNARK by Lewis Carroll

Annotated by Martin Gardner; William Kaufmann; $18.95

LEWIS CARROLL: A CELEBRATION edited by Edward Guiliano; Potter; $17.95

On July 18, 1874, a shy Oxford don visited his sisters at Guildford, in the south of England. There, part of a poem came to mind. It was only eight words long, but the phrase would haunt generations: "For the Snark was a Boojum, you see." Charles Dodgson subtitled his completed work "An Agony in Eight Fits," but it is really the final volume of an unintended trilogy, a trip to...

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