Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a work of children’s literature by the English mathematician and author, Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, written under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells the story of a girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit-hole into a fantasy realm populated by talking playing cards and anthropomorphic creatures. The tale is fraught with satirical allusions to Dodgson’s friends and to the lessons that British schoolchildren were expected to memorize. The Wonderland described in the tale plays with logic in ways that has made the story of lasting popularity with children as well as adults. The book is often referred to by the abbreviated title Alice in Wonderland. This alternate title was popularized by the numerous film and television adaptations of the story produced over the years. Some printings of this title contain both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There.

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Source: Carroll, L. (1865). Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: MacMillan Publishing Co.

Chapter I: Down the Rabbit-Hole
Alice, bored by her sister's reading, follows a passing rabbit down a hole.
Chapter II: The Pool of Tears
Alice increases in size after finishing the cake, causing her to question her own identity. Alice, having fallen in water, swims to shore.
Chapter III: A Caucus-Race and a Long Tale
Now on the bank, Alice receives a history lesson from a mouse. Alice's story of her Dinah cat causes all the other animals to run away.
Chapter IV: The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
Alice is once again approached by the White Rabbit, but finds herself once again changed after having a drink. Alice ventures to the top of a giant mushroom.
Chapter V: Advice from a Caterpillar
The Caterpillar tells Alice how to change her size.
Chapter VI: Pig and Pepper
Upon exiting the woods, Alice enters a house and is introduced to the Duchess and Cheshire Cat.
Chapter VII: A Mad Tea-Party
Alice attends the Mad Hatter's Tea-Party.
Chapter VIII: The Queen’s Croquet-Ground
Alice, now in the garden, meets the Queen and King. Alice is spectator to a rather unusual croquet match.
Chapter IX: The Mock Turtle’s Story
Following the conclusion of the croquet game, Alice is sent to visit the Mock Turtle.
Chapter X: The Lobster Quadrille
The Mock Turtle and Gryphon demonstrate a dance for Alice. As the Mock Turtle finishes his song, Alice is whisked away.
Chapter XI: Who Stole the Tarts?
Alice witnesses the many strange behaviors of the King, Queen and attendees of the trial. Alice is called to testify.
Chapter XII: Alice’s Evidence
Alice's testimony angers the Queen, resulting in a harsh sentence before the verdict is read. Amidst the sudden chaos of Wonderland, Alice suddenly finds herself in more familiar surroundings.
  • Year Published: 1865
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: England
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 5.5
  • Word Count: 28,423
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Keywords: 19th century literature, british literature, children's literature, curiosity, growing up, identity
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