Alice in Wonderland at the State Library

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"Curiouser and curiouser!"

To celebrate the WA Museum Boola Bardip's Wonderland exhibition, the State Library brings you a selection of Alice in Wonderland book editions from our Research Collection of Children's Literature (RCCL).

Look for the Alice posters and display cases on the Ground Floor plus Levels 1 and 3, to find a selection of various editions of Alice in Wonderland, including Pat Cook's donation from her private collection of English books. Learn more about this famous story's publishing history.

In July 1862, English mathematician Charles Dodgson entertained family friends with a wild story while boating on the river. In 1865 he published the story under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. The story, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, more commonly known as Alice in Wonderland, became a publishing sensation and one of the most popular children's books of all time.  

"The book, Alice in Wonderland, changed young people's literature. It helped to replace stiff Victorian didacticism with a looser, sillier, nonsense style that reverberated through the works of language loving 20th-century authors as different as James Joyce, Douglas Adams and Dr Seuss." - Judy Berman, Time, 2020.

The story of a young girl falling down a rabbit hole has continued to fascinate children and adults alike and has never been out of print. 


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This page last updated on 27 January 2023