Wonderlands and Looking-Glasses: Exploring the Mind of Book Illustrators (In-Person)

Arnold Hirshon
Vice Provost and Lindseth Family University Librarian, CWRU (retired)
Friday June 10
noon-1:30 p.m. ET

Illustration is the art of translating text into visual images. When illustrating a book, the illustrator faces numerous choices, and when illustrating a classic text there is an additional challenge: how to bring something new of interest to the reader. Lewis Carroll’s two Alice books – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking- Glass – are the most illustrated works of literature in the world, with over 1,800 illustrators internationally having had a hand in illustrating one or both books. Thus, Alice provides a perfect opportunity to explore what goes on in the mind of illustrators as they consider the potential audience, the possible artistic choices, and the textual influences. This fast-moving trip down the artistic rabbit hole will be a delight to the eye, and you will see all illustrated books in a fascinating new light.


Read: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll; Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll

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