Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Illustrated by Ralph Steadman.

New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1973.


Steadman’s drawings almost look as though they could have popped out of the head of his almost always inebriated confrère Hunter Thompson. Steadman’s style is a radical, and refreshing, change from the many conventional Alice illustrations that preceded it. The copy displayed is the first American edition. In his explanatory introduction, Steadman says of the Cheshire Cat that he “makes an ideal TV announcer whose smile remains as the rest of the programme fades out,” and in fact with smile intact the cat begins to fade away from his head backwards. Of his caucus race he wrote: “The Dodo in this picture reminded me of an Archbishop and being ‘dead as a dodo’ it fitted perfectly.” Many of the Wonderland characters wear Union Jack punk sunglasses.


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