Twenty-two years ago I spent my senior year at Smith College adapting and directing Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass for the stage. For a time I lived and breathed those books and they have stayed with me, though often in the background, ever since.
Last year I had the pleasure of writing the introduction for the new Signet Classics edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass. As a longtime Alice lover it was a daunting task but Vesper helped, in her Cheshire Cat way. An excerpted version of the introduction can be found on LitHub under the title “How Lewis Carroll Built a World Where Nothing Needs to Make Sense.” (The entire introduction in the book is entitled “Six Impossible Introductions Before Breakfast.”) (The book version contains more Vesper).