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Alice in Wonderland

Duration: 01:17

The Victorians were masters of illustrated books, especially for children. Thanks to an emerging middle class readership, new printing technology and a sentimentalised regard for childhood, fairy tales and fantasy fiction containing words and pictures grew into an established genre.

First published in 1865, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was one of the most remarkable books of the period, a combination of the genius of Carroll's nonsense verse and prose and the meticulously detailed illustrations of John Tenniel. Creating a handshake on the page, they formed an inseparable bond that has since become a cultural phenomenon.

Available since: Thu 17 Feb 2011

Credits

Director
Will Aspinall

This clip is from

The Beauty of Books Illustrated Wonderlands

3/4 A look at the finest examples of illustrated books, including Alice in Wonderland.

First broadcast: 21 Feb 2011

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