Alice in Manhattan

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About the author:
The son of a Lewis Carroll scholar and collector as well as amateur travel photographer, Dan Hirshon grew up surrounded by bookshelves of Alice in Wonderland adaptations and artwork and walls of photographs taken around the world. In 2007 he ventured down the rabbit hole into the real life wonderland of New York City where he now works as a filmmaker and photographer.

Alice in Manhattan

A Photographic Trip Down New York City's Rabbit Holes

Authored by Lewis Carroll
Photographs by Dan Hirshon

Though many new illustrated editions have accompanied the 150th anniversary of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Alice in Manhattan: A Photographic Trip Down New York City's Rabbit Holes" distinguishes itself, both because it employs the medium of street photography and because it presents Lewis Carroll's prose in a new and unique context: the urban and urbane environment of New York City.

"Alice in Manhattan" has been Amazon's #1 Hot New Release for Children's Literary Criticism and offers a unique exploration for Carroll fans, New Yorkers, and those who have always wanted to visit Wonderland.

In this book, Alice chases the White Rabbit through the subway, passes the Caterpillar smoking outside a Midtown Manhattan bar, and meets the Hatter, Hare, and Dormouse at "Alice's Tea Cup" in the Upper West Side. Some photos capture direct Alice references, such as the "Alice in Wonderland" sculptures in Central Park or the Queen of Hearts mosaic in the 50th Street and Broadway subway station, while others take a metaphorical approach. For example, the passage in which the Lory states to Alice, "I am older and must know better" is illustrated by a candid photograph of a father teaching his son how to fish on the bank of Central Park North. When the Queen's soldiers double-up and bend to become the arches for the croquet game in Wonderland, the reader is transported to Union Square, where a street performer is bent over backward, with his hands on the ground and his feet still in the air. For those interested in exploring the actual scenes, the book's table of contents offers a full listing of each photograph's location.

Publication Date:
152383756X / 9781523837564
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 8.5"
Full Color with Bleed
Related Categories:
Photography / Subjects & Themes / Travel / General

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