What is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?,” Lewis Carroll has Alice wonder conversationally to herself right before her adventures begin. Alice in Wonderland excels, memorably, at both, in the brilliant collaboration between Carroll and John Tenniel. In honor of Alice’s 150th birthday, The Morgan Library has brought together an engaging selection of Alice-related material which, through the assistant curator Carolyn Vega’s unobtrusive commentary, lets the two men speak for themselves. After October 12, the exhibition will be moving to the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia.

For most of us, Alice first appeared simultaneously in Carroll’s words and Tenniel’s images. But of course that wasn’t the case for...

 

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