New York's Morgan Library presents Alice in Wonderland exhibition
The 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland is celebrated in a new exhibition in New York.
The Morgan Library & Museum is currently hosting 'Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland', featuring a treasure trove of rare documents, illustrations and artefacts relating to the creation of the story.
The centrepiece of the exhibition is Carroll's original manuscript for the book, on loan from the British Museum in London. Having originally told the story to young Alice Lidell and her sisters during a boating trip, Carroll then spent two years writing it down for her, complete with his own pen and ink illustrations.
The exhibition will also include a highly rare copy of the book's first printing, with just 20 copies known to exist, along with examples of John Tenniel's original sketches and hand-coloured illustrations from the first edition which document how he brought the characters to life.
Visitors will also be able to examine Carroll's original letters, diary entries and other correspondence from the period, from the conception of the book to the creation of its sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass.
There will also be screenings of the numerous film adaptations of the book, as well as the chance to hear some Alice-inspired music.
“Visitors to Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland will encounter the fascinating and often surprising story behind the making of one of the world’s true literary classics,” said Peggy Fogelman, Acting Director of the Morgan Library & Museum.
“The Morgan has long held an outstanding collection of Alice material and many of the most important items are featured in the exhibition. We are also extraordinarily grateful to the British Library for loaning the original manuscript to serve as a centerpiece for the show. It is a rare treat.”
'Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland' runs at the Morgan Library & Museum until October 11, 2015.
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