- Posted by Johanna on November 18, 2010 at 8:33 am
- Category: Graphic Novel Reviews
- CREDITS: by Lewis Carroll; illustrated by Mahendra Singh
- PUBLISHER: Melville House Publishing; $14.95 US
This slim, handsome hardcover would make an excellent gift for a Lewis Carroll fan.
Although I’m very familiar with Carroll’s best-known work, I hadn’t previously read this nonsense poem. After a reprinted two-page preface by Carroll comes the illustrated poetry. Every four to eight lines is accompanied by a fancifully Dali-esque panel, done in a wonderfully old-fashioned art style, as though Edward Gorey was making woodcuts.
Artist Mahendra Singh has written about his adaptation online, accompanied by art samples. The book includes an afterword by Singh, an editor for the journal of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, about the history and meaning of the poem and his work with it, including his Surrealist influences. I’m not sure I understand it any better, but that seems to be the point — nonsense as mind-altering influence. (The publisher provided a review copy.)