A chance encounter with a tardy rabbit sends young Alice into a dream-world of lunatic proportions in Alice in Wonderland, a witty and frequently bizarre satire of English social life. Equally entertaining for children and thought-provoking for adults, Alice was an immediate success upon its publication in 1865. Keep an eye out for Carroll’s superb nursery-rhyme parodies, not to mention the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts.
Whereas much of the first Alice novel centered around a card game, Through the Looking-Glass focuses on a chess game of mammoth proportions. A social satire much like its predecessor, Looking-Glass contains some of Carroll’s most memorable characters and best nonsense-verse (“Jabberwocky”).