The Annotated Snark

The Annotated Snark (The Hunting of the Snark by Lewis Carroll) edited by Martin Gardner

Introduced by Anne Brichto of Addyman Books, Hay-on-Wye 


The Bookseller’s Breakfast is an American-style Sunday brunch with chilled watermelon slices, a perfectly ripe mango together with croissants and a cinnamon roll baked by Kate, one of our local bakers. I am at Mr Grumpy’s and we are taking the bikes out today for a ride along the tow path so we need feeding up.

The book is The Annotated Snark from my Alice in Wonderland collection. It has the original illustrations by Henry Holiday and together with a knowledgeable and witty commentary by Martin Gardner it is a fantastic introduction to one of Lewis Carroll’s lesser known works, The Hunting of the Snark.

Holiday’s illustration are very curious. He was a British pre-Raphaelite painter but these show both the dark side of Victorian art – the suppression of so much – as well as the fanciful. They are like an earlier version of Paula Rego and you can see they must have inspired Mervyn Peake. Not surprisingly he also chose to illustrate this very odd but strangely wonderful verse-story.
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