Find Alice in British Library Wonderland

The British Library, home to the original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, and Disney team up to host a very special evening for the public.

Curiouser and Curiouser: The Genius of Alice In Wonderland celebrates Alice in words, conversation and film with the stars from the latest interpretation of this brilliant imaginative work, Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Michael Sheen (White Rabbit) Matt Lucas (Tweedledum and Tweedledee) and Christopher Lee (The Jabberwock) will be participating in the event on Wednesday 24 February, 18.30 at the British Library.

The stars of the new film will be reading extracts from Alice in Wonderland, there will be an appreciation of the Alice stories by writer Will Self, discussion with legendary producer Richard Zanuck and co-producer Joe Roth of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland, and a screening of the earliest film version from 1903, recently restored by the BFI and shown with a live piano accompaniment. The event will be hosted by Mark Salisbury, editor of the definitive Tim Burton interview book Burton on Burton, who has chronicled the life and films of Tim Burton extensively. He is also the author of the visual companions for Burton's Alice In Wonderland and other films.




There will be a chance to visit a new display containing highlights of the British Library's Alice material, showcasing the original manuscript, hand-written and illustrated by Lewis Carroll in 1862, as well as unique original costume designs for the new Tim Burton film by two-time Academy Award-winning designer Colleen Atwood. Other treasures on show are Lewis Carroll's diaries, the 'Wonderland' Postage Stamp-Case designed by Lewis Carroll and illustrations of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Salvador Dalí
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Display open, free of charge, until June 2010: John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library

Helen Broderick, Curator of Modern Literary Manuscripts at the British Library, said: “The appeal of Alice, the White Rabbit and the Hatter are as strong today as ever and the British Library is delighted to be able to highlight the rich variety of Alice material that we hold dating from the story's initial creation in the 1860s through to different translations, parodies and editions created in the 20th century by artists and writers as diverse as Salvador Dalí, Mervyn Peake and Vladimir Nabokov."

For more information please visit: www.bl.uk/alice

Disney's new film Alice In Wonderland opens nationwide in 3D and 2D on 5 March. To view the trailer, go to: www.disneymovies.co.uk/alice

Notes to Editors

Alice in Wonderland
On 4 July 1862, mathematics don Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (who wrote under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll), entertained three daughters of his college's Dean - Lorina, Alice and Edith Liddell - with a 'fairy tale' whilst out on the river near Oxford. Upon their return, Alice asked Dodgson to write down the story in which she was the heroine. The result, which he gave to her as a Christmas present in 1864, was Alice's Adventures Under Ground. Friends who saw the manuscript urged Dodgson to publish it, which he did in a re-written and enlarged form in 1866. A sequel Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There followed in 1872.

From 24 February, the original manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground will be on display in the Sir John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library at St Pancras in a special exhibit that includes:

Original Manuscript of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, 1862 - Bound in green morocco leather, it took Dodgson more than two years to complete. He first wrote the text in sepia-coloured ink, leaving spaces for the 37 illustrations - 14 of them full-page - which took considerably longer, for he was completely untrained as an artist. He later explained that the story was 'at the request of Miss Alice Liddell, written out for her in manuscript print, with pen-and-ink pictures... of my own devising; without the least idea, at the time, that it would ever be published.'

Lewis Carroll's diaries - Two volumes from Dodgson's diaries (of which nine survive) showing the entries for 25 April 1856 when Dodgson records his first meeting with Alice Liddell and her sisters and 4 July 1862, the 'golden afternoon' when he began the tale of Alice's Adventures Under Ground.

The 'Wonderland' Postage Stamp-Case by Lewis Carroll - Dodgson designed this stamp-case for children, with a 'pictorial surprise' on each side: this one shows the Duchess's baby turning into a pig. It contains 12 pockets for stamps of different values. Dodgson also created Eight or Nine Wise Words about Letter-Writing, an entertaining set of regulations about letter writing. Dodgson himself kept up a vast correspondence with both children and adults, meticulously logged in a register, which finally recorded over 100,000 letters

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Salvador Dalí (New York: Maecenas Press, 1969) - Dalí created a selection of illustrations from Dodgson's story including this illustration of the 'Mouse's Tail' poem and the Mad Hatter's Tea Party.

Original costume sketches from the new film Alice In Wonderland directed by Tim Burton by two-time Academy Award-winning designer Colleen Atwood (on loan from Disney).

ABOUT THE FILM

Disney's Alice in Wonderland logoALICE IN WONDERLAND (In Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D)
From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure ALICE IN WONDERLAND, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP stars as the Mad Hatter and MIA WASIKOWSKA as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends:  the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen's reign of terror. The all-star cast also includes ANNE HATHAWAY, HELENA BONHAM CARTER and CRISPIN GLOVER. The screenplay is by Linda Woolverton.

The film stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Marton Csokas, Tim Pigott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Geraldine James, Leo Bill, Jemma Powell, Mairi Ella Challen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice. Voice talent includes Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse, and Barbara Windsor.

The film is produced by legendary Hollywood producers Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd. The screenplay is written by Linda Woolverton, based on the books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll.

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Director Tim Burton and actor Johnny Depp reunite for this new adventure. The pair first worked on the 1990 hit “Edward Scissorhands," and quickly became close friends.  Together they continue to create extraordinary and unusual films including “Ed Wood”, “Sleepy Hollow”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, “Corpse Bride” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”.

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The Sir John Ritblat Gallery in the British Library's St Pancras building hosts a permanent display of our greatest treasures, drawn from the many millions of items in our collections. See over 200 beautiful and fascinating items: sacred texts from many faiths, maps and views, early printing, literary, historical, scientific and musical works from over the centuries and around the world. Discover some of the world's most exciting and significant books, from Magna Carta and the Gutenberg Bible, to Handel and the Beatles. Marvel at the genius behind the Leonardo notebooks, and see the earliest versions of some of the greatest works of English literature, including Alice's Adventures Under Ground and Shakespeare's First Folio.

Alice's Adventures Under Ground: A Facsimile is published in hardback by the British Library (2008), price £20.00 (128 pages, 187 x 124mm, 42 illustrations, ISBN 978 0 7123 5042 6). Available from the British Library Shop (tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7735 / e-mail: bl-bookshop@bl.uk) and online at www.bl.uk/shop as well as other bookshops throughout the UK.

EVENT: Lewis Carroll and Photography: Exposing the Truth
Saturday 6 March 14.30 - 16.00

Globally celebrated under his pen name of Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice's Adventures Under Ground, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), was also a mathematician and an important pioneer photographer. Based on a decade of research and with many unpublished images, leading Carroll scholar Edward Wakeling's illustrated talk examines the impressive reality of Carroll's photography and tackles the myths that surround it.
£6 / £4 concessions

Tickets are available at http://boxoffice.bl.uk, by calling 01937 546546 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) or in person at The British Library. For more information please visit: www.bl.uk/whatson.

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Robin Baker, BFI Head Curator, said: “Our job at the BFI is to ensure the safety and preservation of the national collection of archive film and television and to make it more widely available for everyone to see and enjoy. We are delighted to have this opportunity to collaborate with the British Library on this event. We have just completed the restoration of the earliest film version of ALICE - made only 38 years after Lewis Carroll's novel was published - so it will be wonderful to see it alongside Carroll's original manuscript."

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