Saturday, December 14, 2002

A.S. Byatt, in an essay in today's UK Guardian, recalls the delight & fascination with which she read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as a child. My own clearest memory of reading Alice at an early age is of the slight terror induced by Tenniel's masterful illustrations. I shiver a little even now, when I remember his vision of Alice with her neck extended to serpentine proportions, after a taste of the caterpillar's mushroom....

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