The Hunting of the Snark (Hardcover)

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By Lewis Carroll, Mahendra Singh (Illustrator)
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An imaginative graphic novel interpretation of Carroll's classic poem.

About the Author

Oxford University mathematics professor Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832 - 1898), under his pen name Lewis Carroll, created some of the most brilliant, original and uniquely inventive literature in the English language. He is most famous for three magical works: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," "Through the Looking-Glass," and the witty, whimsical and ever-elusive "The Hunting of the Snark."

When pressed to explain the meaning of "The Hunting of the""Snark, "Carroll invariably replied that he did not know. "I'm very much afraid I didn't mean anything but nonsense!" he wrote in a letter to friends, "Still, you know, words mean more than we mean to express when we use them: so a whole book ought to mean a great deal more than the writer meant. So, whatever good meanings are in the book, I'm very glad to accept as the meaning of the book. The best I've seen is...that the whole book is an allegory on the search for happiness. I think that fits beautifully in many ways."

About the Artist

Mahendra Singh is an illustrator and longstanding Lewis Carroll aficionado. He is a member of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America and an editor for their journal, the "Knight Letter." For Singh, creating the illustrations for "The Hunting of the Snark" "has been a labor of love--fitting Lewis Carroll into a proto-Surrealist straitjacket with matching Dada cufflinks."

Praise For…

"Delightfully this book for the brightest and most adventurous young word-worms on your holiday shopping list...Singh's daring illustrations will appeal to older children eager to leave the world of candy-colored cuteness behind."
New Yorker

"At last, the legend of the brave, if peculiar, companions who set out to bag a snark (arming themselves "with forks and with hope") gets lavish treatment from [Mahendra] Singh....These may be the fittest illustrations ever created for Carroll's distinctively Victorian nonsense concoctions."
—Laura Miller, Salon

"[C]hallenging and delightful."
Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness

"It is not children who ought to read the words of Lewis Carroll."
G.K. Chesterton

"Singh's black-and-white surrealistic treatment of Carroll's classic poem is perfect...takes the ideology of Carroll's nonsense to new visual levels. Far beyond a simplistic, literal depiction of the poem, each panel is thoughtfully created, filled with puzzles, jokes, and allusions."
Library Journal

Product Details
ISBN: 9781935554240
ISBN-10: 1935554247
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: November 2nd, 2010
Pages: 96
Language: English